Estimating population size, density and dynamics of Pre-Pottery Neolithic villages in the central and southern Levant: an analysis of Beidha, southern Jordan.

Birch-Chapman, S., Jenkins, E. L., Coward, F. and Maltby, M., 2017. Estimating population size, density and dynamics of Pre-Pottery Neolithic villages in the central and southern Levant: an analysis of Beidha, southern Jordan. Levant, 49 (1). (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/00758914.2017.1287813

Abstract

The Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) of the central and southern Levant played an integral role in the Neolithic Demographic Transition (NDT) from mobile hunter-gatherer to village-based, agro-pastoralist societies. An understanding of population dynamics is essential for reconstructing the trajectories of these early village societies. However, few investigations have produced absolute estimates of population parameters for these villages and those which have base estimates on a limited methodological framework. This research examines the methodological and theoretical basis for existing estimates, and explores a range of methodologies in order to derive more empirically-robust demographic data. Results reveal that commonly utilized methodologies and population density coefficients employed for estimating PPN village populations require re-evaluation. This article presents the application of methodologies to the PPNB site of Beidha in southern Jordan.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1756-3801
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN; Beidha; population estimates; contemporaneity; population density.
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:26614
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:27 Jan 2017 15:10
Last Modified:31 Mar 2017 14:24

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