On the edge: Southern Levantine Epipalaeolithic–Neolithic chronological succession
Finlayson, B., Mithen, S. and Smith, S. (2011) On the edge: Southern Levantine Epipalaeolithic–Neolithic chronological succession. Levant, 43 (2). pp. 127-138. ISSN 0075-8914
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1179/175638011X13112549592961
The broad picture of the cultural and chronological succession from the Epipalaeolithic to the Neolithic in the southern Levant is generally well understood. However, at a more detailed, local level, many questions remain unanswered. In this paper we examine the archaeological record of cultural developments in southern Jordan and the Negev. Focusing on a series of 14C dates from the early occupation of the PPNA site of WF16, we provide a critical review of dating evidence for the region. This review suggests that while the 14C chronology is ambiguous and problematic there is good evidence for a local historical development from the Harifian variant of the Natufian to the early PPNA, well to the south of any core Mediterranean woodland zone. This stresses the importance of considering developments at local scales of analysis, and that the Neolithic transition occurred within a framework of many interacting sub-regional provinces.