The social, economic and ideological changes that accompanied the establishment of village life in the Levant during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B Period

A. Chris Silvester

Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

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Dig It: The Journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society

Volume 3, May 2016

Print: ISSN 1440-2475
Online: ISSN 2203-1898


The Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period (PPNB) of the Levant, from approximately 8600 BC to 7000 BC, is described as a transformative period of village life in terms of social, economic and ideological changes. This is examined across sites from the southern and central Levant, and south-east Anatolia. Social changes are seen in organisation of built space, population pressure and social hierarchy. Economic changes include animal domestication, building construction, craft specialisation and trade. Ideological and ritual changes include clay figurines, burials, skulls, statues and ritual sites. It is important to remain open to new interpretations of the archaeology as fresh evidence becomes available.


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