An 11,600 year old communal structure from the Neolithic of southern Jordan
Mithen, S., Finlayson, B., Smith, S., Jenkins, E., Najjar, M. and Maricevic, D. (2011) An 11,600 year old communal structure from the Neolithic of southern Jordan. Antiquity, 85 (328). pp. 350-364. ISSN 0003-598X
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The authors present a new type of communal and monumental structure from the earliest Neolithic in western Asia. A complement to the decorated stone pillars erected at Göbekli Tepe in the north, ‘Wadi Faynan 16 Structure O75’ in the southern Levant is a ritualised gathering place of a different kind. It serves to define wider western Asia as an arena of social experiment in the tenth millennium BC, one in which community seems to take precedence over economy.