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Pierres levées, stèles anthropomorphes et dolmens / Standing stones, anthropomorphic stelae and dolmens edited by Tara Steimer-Herbet; Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux. 210 pages; illustrated throughout; papers in English and French. BAR S2317 2011 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen . ISBN 9781407309002. £35.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Focusing on the Middle East, a collection of recent research on dolmens and standing stones. Contents: 1) Structures cultuelles et funeraires des IV et III millenaires dans le Sud jordanien desertique: l’occupation de la region d’al-Thulaythuwat (Wael Abu Azizeh); 2) A menhir discovered at Wadi es-Saqra, Amman district (Jordan); 3) Standing stones in Jordan: some remarks on occurrence, typology and dating (Hugo Gajus Scheltema); 4) The megalithic necropolises to the west of Homs (Syria) (Angel Armendariz et al.); 5) Al-Rawda et le culte des pierres dressees en Syrie a l’age du Bronze (Corinne Castel); 6) Pierres dressees, betyles, urbanisme et espace religieux a Mari: nouvelles recherches au ‘massif rouge’ (Syrie, 2006-2007) (Patrick Maxime Zehil Michel); 7) Pierres dressees dans la region do Mutawwaq (Jordanie) (Juan A Fernandez-Tresguerres Velasco); 8) Upright Stones of the Neolithic Village ‘Ayn Ghazal: Location and Function (Jordan) (Zeidan A. Kafafi); 9) Praising the Almighty: Late Prehistoric Desert Sanctuaries in Wadi Ramm (Jordan) (Gary O. Rollefson); 10) Late prehistoric standing stones of the Tihamah coastal plain, Yemen: cumulative review (Lamya Khalidi, Edward Keall); 11) Anthropomorphic stelae in ancient Hadramawt (Yemen) (Joy McCorriston); 12) The world beyond the tells: pre-classical activity in the basalt landscape of the Homs region, Syria (Jennie Bradbury, Graham Philip); 13) Qui dresse des pierres au Proche-Orient? (Christophe Nicolle); 14) Pierres levees et monuments commemoratifs: l’apport des textes de l’Euphrate syrien (Lionel Marti).
The Eastern Wing of the Fertile Crescent Late prehistory of Greater Mesopotamian lithic industries by Stefan Karol Kozlowski with chapters by Avi Gopher and Galina Korobkova and Preface by Ofer Bar-Yosef. inc. VAT. 194 pages of text, 81 plates,maps, drawings and tables in text. BAR S760 1999 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen 0. Only available as e-version. £18.00 (Inc. UK VAT) Buy Now

This book is a contribution to our understanding of the agricultural revolution that took place some 10,000 years ago in southwestern Asia. Kozlowski analyses lithic industries of the ‘Eastern Wing’ of the Greater Mesopotamia, that is the area of the foothills of the Taurus (from the Tigris) and the Zagros all the way to Khuzistan. The author provides a description of every identifiable culture in the region, and in most cases this is the first attempt to define and describe a given entity. There is an extensive catalogue of sites as well as drawings of unpublished collections of lithics from the area.
Le site néolithique de Tell Mureybet (Syrie du Nord) En hommage à Jacques Cauvin edited by Juan José Ibáñez. 731 pages; illustrated throughout with figures, maps, plans, drawings, tables and photographs. In French; abstracts in English and Arabic. Two volumes. BAR S1843 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen . ISBN 9781407303307. £100.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

A major report on the Neolithic site of Tell Mureybet (northern Syria). Contents: Introduction (J.J. Ibánez); Jacques Cauvin, In memoriam (M. Molist ); Historique (M.-C. Cauvin); Chronostratigraphie de Mureybet. Apport des datations radiocarbone (J. Évin et D. Stordeur); Stratigraphie et répartition des architectures à Mureybet (D. Stordeur et J.J. Ibánez ); Foyers et fours du site de Mureybet (M. Molist); Les nouvelles données archéobotaniques de Mureybet et la néolithisation du Moyen Euphrate (G. Willcox); Étude archéozoologique de Mureybet (L. Gourichon et D. Helmer); L’outillage lithique: Introduction (M.-C. Cauvin); Matières premières siliceuses et comportements techniques (F. Abbès et J.A. Sánchez Priego); Analyse technologique (F. Abbès); Analyse du mobilier retouché (M.-C. Cauvin et F. Abbès); Analyse fonctionnelle de l’outillage lithique de Mureybet (J.J. Ibánez, J.E. González Urquijo et A. Rodríguez Rodríguez); Analyse technologique et fonctionnelle des herminettes de Mureybet (J.A. Sánchez Priego); Conclusion sur l’outillage lithique (M.-C. Cauvin, F. Abbès, J.E. González Urquijo, J.J. Ibáñez, A. Rodríguez Rodríguez et J.A. Sánchez Priego); L’industrie de l’os (D. Stordeur et R. Christidou); L’outillage de mouture et de broyage (M.-C. Nierlé); Les récipients en pierre (M. Lebreton); Les éléments de parure de Mureybet (C. Maréchal et H. Alarashi); Figurines, pierres à rainures, « petits objets divers » et manches de Mureybet (D. Stordeur et M. Lebreton); Conclusion (French) (J.J. Ibánez); Conclusion (English); Conclusion (Arabic) J.J. Ibáñez (translated into Arabic by Hala Alarashi); Bibliography.
Bronze and Early Iron Age Archaeological Sites in Armenia. I. Mt. Aragats and its Surrounding Region by R. S. Badalyan and P. S. Avetisyan. 319 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, tables, drawings and photographs. With Gazetteer. BAR S1697 2007 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen 0. ISBN 9781407301396. £45.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

At the present time, one of the most urgent tasks in Armenian archaeology is the organization of the existing information, so as to enable a critical analysis of the results obtained during 150 years of excavation in Armenia to formulate the main directions for future research in the future. The establishment of a corpus of archaeological sites is one of the most efficient forms of such organisation. The present work is the first attempt in this direction, produced by the authors within the framework of an European INTAS program: ‘Geographic Information System for Armenian archaeological sites from the Palaeolithic to the 4th century A.D.’. This work pursues some fundamental objectives. The first is to attempt to fill the gap which exists in the information. Second, the authors attempt to present the data in the framework of a single division into periods and a single chronology. Finally, the table of geographic coordinates (catalogue) can serve as a base for the future cartography of Bronze Age and Iron Age sites in Armenia. The present work groups together the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age vestiges in the following regions: the volcanic massif of Aragats, the depression of Shirak, the ridge of Pambak, the valley of the Kasakh river and the northern part of the plain of Ararat. Future volumes in this series will report on other regions.
Territories, Boundaries and Cultures in the Neolithic Near East by S. K. Kozlowski and O. Aurenche. Preface by F. Hole. inc. VAT, 275 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, plates, drawings and tables. Annex of sites and catalogue. BAR S1362 2005 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen 0. Only available as e-version. £24.00 (Inc. UK VAT) Buy Now

This book presents a study of Neolithisation and the chronological sequence of Neolithic cultures in the Near East. Focusing on the years between 10,500 and 6200 BC, the authors start with empirical data in an attempt to reveal not only cultures, but the territorial limits of these cultures —their borders—and their possible interactions with time. The geographical zone covered comprises the two branches of the area known traditionally as the Fertile Crescent, as well as the steppe/desert zone which they encompass. A full Appendix presents a catalogue and find distribution sites.
From the River to the Sea The Paleolithic and the Neolithic on the Euphrates and in the Northern Levant. Studies in honour of Lorraine Copeland edited by Olivier Aurenche, Marie Le Mière and Paul Sanlaville. 394 pages; illustrated throughout with tables, figures, maps, charts, drawings and photographs. In English and French. BAR S1263 2004 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen . ISBN 1841716219. £44.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

As a mark of their gratitude to Lorraine Copeland, who since the 1970s has placed most of her research activities and her publications under their auspices, the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux have gathered together in one work contributions by colleagues and students who know her well, with whom she has worked and who have had the luck to benefit from her publications, her counsel and her help. The volume begins with Lorrain Copeland’s paper “The Paleolithic of the Euphrates valley in Syria” and the other 16 papers include: Paul Sanlaville: Les terrasses pléistocènes de la vallée de l’Euphrate en Syrie et dans l’extrême sud de la Turquie; Sultan Muhesen: Remarques sur le Paléolithique de la Syrie; Andrew Garrard and others: Palaeolithic-Neolithic survey in the Sakçagözü region of the north Levantine rift valley; Éric Boëda and others: Le site acheuléen d’El Meirah, Syrie; Corine Yazbeck: Identification de schémas de débitage au Paléolithique inférieur en Béqaa méridionale (Liban); Jean-Marie Le Tensorer: Nouvelles fouilles à Hummal (El Kowm, Syrie centrale) premiers resultants (1997-2001); Takeru Akazawa and others: Neanderthal burials: excavations of the Dederiyeh cave, Syria; Élie Melki: Jiita II: la cabane kébarienne; Peter Akkermans: Hunter-gatherer continuity: the transition from the Epipalaeolithic to the Neolithic in Syria; Éric Coqueugniot: Les industries lithiques du Néolithique ancien entre Moyen Euphrate et Jezireh orientale. réflexions sur deux voies évolutives; Danielle Stordeur: “Small finds and poor babies”, quelques objets “divers” du Mureybetien de Jerf El Ahmar; Marie-Claire Cauvin: Mureybet IV; Frank Hole: K-260: selective use of lithic sources in the PPN/PN of the Khabur basin, Syria; Olivier Aurenche and others: La notion de frontière dans le Protonéolithique et le Néolithique du Proche-Orient; Marc Verhoeven: A tale of two tells. Comparing neolithic lifestyles at Tell Sabi Abyad II and Tell Sabi Abyad I, northern Syria; Yoshihiro Nishiaki: Sickle manufacturing technologies at two chalcolithic sites in Northern Mesopotamia: Tell Kosak Shamali (Syria) and Telul eth-Thalathat II (Iraq).
Les outillages néolithiques en Syrie du Nord Méthode de débitage et gestion laminaire durant le PPNB by Frédéric Abbès. 235 pages; 59 figures; 29 tables; 65 plates, maps, and drawings. In French with English summary. BAR S1150 2003 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen . Only available as e-version. ISBN 1841715204. £18.00 (Inc. UK VAT) Buy Now

The period which extended from the 10th to the 8th millennium BP in the Near East corresponds to the PPNB phase of the Neolithic (Pre-Pottery Neolithic B). During this period the last constituent elements of the Near Eastern Neolithic fell into place. The populations were living in sedentary village communities practicing an agriculture in which wheat and barley were the main crops. During the early PPNB (9500-9200), hunting was the only real means of procuring meat. Herding did not appear until the middle PPNB (9200-8500 BP) and then progressively replaced hunting. It is within this context of transformation of the relation between man and his environment that the flint tools and weapons of this study are situated. They come from three Syrian sites: the early PPNB levels of Sheikh Hassan and Mureybet, the levels of the beginning of the middle PPNB of Mureybet and a late PPNB level of El Kowm 2 Caracol. The lithic industries of the PPNB are characterized by tools and weapons made primarily on large blades. The archetypes for this blade debitage are the bipolar nuclei and their variants, the naviform nuclei and the posterolateral ridge nuclei. The difficulty of distinguishing between these types of debitage has often given the impression of their uniformity throughout the PPNB. The goal of this analysis is to demonstrate new chrono-cultural distinctions between these systems of knapping. Thus, through technological analysis, the author proposes new hypotheses concerning the significance of debitage development and its place in the Neolithisation process.
L’habitat traditionnel à 'Aima Enquête ethnoarchéologique dans un village jordanien by Michèle Biewers. 163 pages, numerous illustrations and b/w photographs. BAR S662 1997 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen 0. ISBN 0860548562. £36.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

The book is the result of an ethno-archaeological investigation in the region of Tafila in southern Jordan.
OUT OF PRINT. La Transcaucasie au Néolithique et au Chalcolithique by Christine Chataigner. BAR S624 1995 Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen 0. ISBN 0860548058. Buy Now
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