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The early Neolithic of Iraqi Kurdistan: current research at Bestansur, Shahrizor Plain.

Matthews, R., Matthews, W., Richardson, A., Rasheed Rahim, K., Walsh, S., Rauf Aziz, K., Bendrey, R., Whitlam, J., Charles, M., Bogaard, A., Iversen, I., Mudd, D. and Elliott, S., 2020. The early Neolithic of Iraqi Kurdistan: current research at Bestansur, Shahrizor Plain. Paleorient, 45 (2).

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Human communities made the transition from hunter-foraging to more sedentary agriculture and herding at multiple locations across Southwest Asia through the Early Neolithic period (ca. 10,000-7000 cal. BC). Societies explored strategies involving increasing management and development of plants, animals, materials, technologies, and ideologies specific to each region whilst sharing some common attributes. Current research in the Eastern Fertile Crescent is contributing new insights into the Early Neolithic transition and the critical role that this region played. The Central Zagros Archaeological Project (CZAP) is investigating this transition in Iraqi Kurdistan, including at the earliest Neolithic settlement so far excavated in the region. In this article, we focus on results from ongoing excavations at the Early Neolithic site of Bestansur on the Shahrizor Plain, Sulaimaniyah province, in order to address key themes in the Neolithic transition.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Neolithic ; Eastern Fertile Crescent ; Sedentism ; Agriculture
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33254
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 Jan 2020 14:43
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:19


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