Neolithic Revolution: New Perspectives on Southwest Asia in Light of Recent Discoveries on Cyprus
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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Abu Hureyra Aceramic Neolithic Aetokremnos agriculture Ain Ghazal Ais Yiorkis Akrotiri Anatolia animals Archaeology artefacts assemblages Bar-Yosef Belfer-Cohen bladelets blades bones Briois Brun Byblos Cape Andreas Cauvin Cayonii cereals Chalcolithic chert chipped stone Chypre colonised colonization of Cyprus context core technology Cypriot Aceramic Cyprus dates debitage Department of Antiquities Dikaios domestic Dunand earliest early Neolithic East engraved pebbles Epi-palaeolithic evidence Excavations fallow deer farming fauna Figure figurines flakes Galili Garfinkel Gebel geometric Gopher Guilaine Hillman Holocene human hunter-gatherer incised pebbles Israel Jericho Khirokitia Kozlowski late Lefkara Levantine lithic located mainland material culture McCartney Mediterranean Archaeology Mediterranean islands Munhata Mylouthkia Natufian naviform Neolithic sites Neolithique Ancien obsidian Ortos Oxford Peltenburg period phase pigs Pleistocene Pottery Neolithic PPNA PPNB Pre-Pottery Neolithic Prehistory Press Qar'oun region retouch seals sedentary settlement Sha'ar Hagolan Shillourokambos Simmons social societies southern Levant species Swiny Tenta tion tradition Vigne village wild Yarmukian