Olszewski, Deborah. The north Syrian Late Epipaleolithic: the earliest occupation at Tell Abu Hureyra in the context of the Levantine Late Epipaleolithic

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Chapter 1 Introduction



Problems And Goals

Chapter 2 A Brief Overview Of The Archaeological Evidence For The Epipaleolithic And Early Aceramic Neolithic In The Levant


Geometric Kebaran A

Negev Kebaran


Natufian And Other Late Epipaleolithic Sites


Early Aceramic Neolithic


Chapter 3 The Late Epipaleolithic Of The Near East: Natufian And Contemporary Cultures

Historical Review Of The Levantine Area

Early Research Period (1928–1940)

Middle Research Period (1940–1965)

Recent Research Period (1965–1985)

Discussion Of Domestication

Plant Domestication

Animal Domestication

Discussion Of Site Affiliations

The Natufian Sensu Strictu

Sites In Lebanon And Southern Syria

Sites In Northern Syria

Other Near Eastern Epipaleolithic Development

The Zagros Foothills

The Caspian Littoral

The Turkish Evidence


Chapter 4 Tell Abu Hureyra And The North Syrian Late Epipaleolithic

Excavation Methods And Results

The Late Epipaleolithic Occupation At Tell Abu Hureyra

The Place Of Tell Abu Hureyra In Relation To Other Late Epipaleolithic Sites In Northern Syria


Chapter 5 The Chipped Stone From The Late Epipaleolithic At Tell Abu Hureyra


Chipped Stone At Tell Abu Hureyra

Possible Functions Of The Tell Abu Hureyra Lithics

Comparison To Other Northern Syrian Sites

Patterns Of Chipped Stone Tool Use During The Levantine Late Epipaleolithic

Distance Coefficients

Cluster Analysis

Principal Components Analysis

Conclusions Regarding The Comparative Analyses

Chipped Stone Industries During The Levantine Late Epipaleolithic


Chapter 6 Lunates

Tell Abu Hureyra And Museum Collections

Tell Abu Hureyra: Additional Lunate Attributes

Significance And Interpretation Of Lunates


Chapter 7 Summary And Conclusions


Comparisons Between Different Levantine Areas During The Late Epipaleolithic


Future Research

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The north Syrian Late Epipaleolithic: the earliest occupation at Tell Abu Hureyra in the context of the Levantine Late Epipaleolithic

Published By: Original publisher Oxford: B.A.R.. 1986. xii, 267 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Deborah Olszewski

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Epipaleolithic (M080)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Lithic industries (324); General tools (412); Weapons (411); Cultural participation (184); Organization and analysis of results of research (128);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Olszewski examined various stone tool collections from Tell Abu Hureyra and other sites to determine whether sites in northern Syria were similar enough to be designated as Natufian or whether they should be given another name. The majority of this work describes the stone tools and her analysis of them. Olszewski writes a historical summary of the previous research into the Natufian and reviews the Kebaran, Geometric Kebaran, Mushabian, and Harifian traditions. She also briefly describes the Epipaleolithic developments in the Zagros foothills, areas south of the Caspian Sea, and from sites in Turkey. As she uses uncalibrated radiocarbon dates (and designates them as b.c.) to date the various Epipaleolithic traditions, her dates appear to be later than other authors in the M080 file although they aren't.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 8

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. m080-008

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-267)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1972-1973

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sarah Berry; 2007

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). Natufian; approximately 12,500 BP-10,300 BP (10,500 b.c.-8,300 b.c. uncalibrated)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Levant; Egypt, Israel, Jordon, Lebanon, Palestinian Autonomous Areas, and Syria

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mesolithic period--Syria/Mesolithic period--Palestine/Stone implements--Syria/Abu Hureyra, Tall (Syria)/Syria--Antiquities/Palestine--Antiquities


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