Neolithic Revolution: New Perspectives on Southwest Asia in Light of Recent Discoveries on Cyprus

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E. J. Peltenburg, Alexander Wasse
Oxbow Books, 2004 - History - 188 pages
The move towards a sedentary way of life had a profound effect on the human way of life: the development of complex societies can be directly attributed to the beginnings of farming in place of a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle. When Gordon Childe coined the term 'Neolithic revolution' he meant it to reflect these vast changes that had occurred in the near east. But recent studies have challenged the notion that Cyprus was not occupied prior to the island's Neolithic period, and indeed it now seems as though Cyrpus has been overlooked unfairly. This book extends the reach of the Neolithic revolution to include Cyprus, presenting new evidence that shows that the island played host to settled farming communities at the same time as the mainland, pushing its habitation back by 2000 years. Included in this volume are papers on colonisation, the devlopment of farming, lithic usage, trade, and symbolism.

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the islands first occupants and last endemic animals setting
Island colonization insularity or mainstream?
Putting the colonization of Cyprus into context

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About the author (2004)

Edgar Peltenburg is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He is Director of the Lemba Archaeological Research Centre in the Paphos district of Cyprus and he also conducts excavations at the site of Jerablus Tahtani beside Carchemish in Syria.

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