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Occupying wide open spaces? Late Pleistocene hunter–gatherer activities in the Eastern Levant

Maher, Lisa A.; Macdonald, Danielle A.; Allentuck, Adam; Martin, Louise; Spyrou, Anna; Jones, Matthew D.

Authors

Lisa A. Maher

Danielle A. Macdonald

Adam Allentuck

Louise Martin

Anna Spyrou

MATTHEW JONES MATTHEW.JONES@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Quaternary Science



Abstract

With a specific focus on eastern Jordan, the Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq Project explores changing hunter-gatherer strategies, behaviours and adaptations to this vast area throughout the Late Pleistocene. In particular, we examine how lifeways here (may have) differed from surrounding areas and what circumstances drew human and animal populations to the region. Integrating multiple material cultural and environmental datasets, we explore some of the strategies of these eastern Jordanian groups that resulted in changes in settlement, subsistence and interaction and, in some areas, the occupation of substantial aggregation sites. Five years of excavation at the aggregation site of Kharaneh IV suggest some very intriguing technological and social on-site activities, as well as adaptations to a dynamic landscape unlike that of today. Here we discuss particular aspects of the Kharaneh IV material record within the context of ongoing palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and place these findings in the wider spatial and temporal narratives of the Azraq Basin.

Citation

Maher, L. A., Macdonald, D. A., Allentuck, A., Martin, L., Spyrou, A., & Jones, M. D. (2016). Occupying wide open spaces? Late Pleistocene hunter–gatherer activities in the Eastern Levant. Quaternary International, 396, 79-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.07.054

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 16, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 18, 2015
Publication Date Mar 7, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 3, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2016
Journal Quaternary International
Print ISSN 1040-6182
Electronic ISSN 1040-6182
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 396
Pages 79-94
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.07.054
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35655
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S104061821500748X
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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