Concluding the Neolithic: The Near East in the Second Half of the Seventh Millennium BC


Arkadiusz Marciniak (ed)
Keywords: Neolithic, 8.2 cal cold event


The second half of the seventh millennium BC saw the demise of the previously affluent and dynamic Neolithic way of life. The period is marked by significant social and economic transformations of local communities, as manifested in a new spatial organization, patterns of architecture, burial practices, and in chipped stone and pottery manufacture. This volume has three foci. The first concerns the character of these changes in different parts of the Near East with a view to placing them in a broader comparative perspective. The second concerns the social and ideological changes that took place at the end of Neolithic and the beginning of the Chalcolithic that help to explain the disintegration of constitutive principles binding the large centers, the emergence of a new social system, as well as the consequences of this process for the development of full-fledged farming communities in the region and beyond. The third concerns changes in lifeways: subsistence strategies, exploitation of the environment, and, in particular, modes of procurement, consumption, and distribution of different resources.


  • List of Figures
  • List of Table
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
    Arkadiusz Marciniak
  • The “8200 Cal BP Cold Event” in the Levant
    Ofer Bar-Yosef
  • Tumultuous Times in the Eighth and Seventh Millennia BC in the Southern Levant
    Gary Rollefson
  • The Nature of the Beast
    The Late Neolithic in the Southern Levant
    A. Nigel Goring-Morris, Anna Belfer-Cohen
  • Çatalhöyük and Sha’ar Hagolan
    A Tale of Two Cities
    Yosef Garfinkel
  • Transforming the Upper Mesopotamian Landscape in the Late Neolithic
    Olivier P. Nieuwenhuyse, Peter M. M. G. Akkermans
  • A History of the House at Late Neolithic Çatalhöyük
    Arkadiusz Marciniak
  • The Transition between the East and West Mounds at Çatalhöyük around 6000 cal BC
    A View from the West
    Eva Rosenstock, Jana Anvari, David Orton, Sonia Ostaptchouk, Elizabeth Stroud, Peter F. Biehl
  • Exploring the Culture Landscape of Neolithic Hacılar (6500–6100 BC), Southwestern Turkey
    Ralf Vandam
  • Changing Ideologies in Community-Making through the Neolithic Period at Ulucak
    Özlem Çevik
  • Adaptation as a Constante in Early Farming Village Economy
    An Eight-Thousand-Year-Old Case
    Jacob Roodenberg
  • An Entanglement Approach to the Neolithic of the Aegean Islands
    Burçin Erdoğu
  • Early Farmers in Northwestern Anatolia in the Seventh Millennium
    Necmi Karul
  • Barcın Höyük in Interregional Perspective: An Initial Assessment
    Rana Özbal, Fokke Gerritsen
  • Early Farmers in Northwestern Turkey
    What Is New?
    Mehmet Özdoğan
  • Index
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November 8, 2019

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