Master of Arts (MA)
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Archaeological research of the Neolithic period in Southwest Asia depicts socio-cultural developments and proto-urban villages, resulting from an intensifying agro-economy, emerging simultaneously during the first 5,000 years of the Holocene (11,000 to 6,000 bp). Kholetria-Ortos, Cyprus, and Wadi Shu'eib, Jordan, are highlighted in this thesis to illustrate variability found in a proposed "Neolithic package." The "Neolithic package" is a time capsule of items and ideas centered on sedentary villages participating in a domesticated plant/animal driven economy that provided subsistence and surplus to a growing population. Analysis of the recovered artifacts from both sites finds evidence of cultural variability across time and space. Environmental and cultural interactions are speculated upon as possible causation for differences seen between these two sites. A world view for the Neolithic experience is hypothesized by incorporating components of a core/periphery model.
Cyprus; Jordan; Kholetria; Neolithic; Ortos; Packages; Perspective; Shu; Unwrapping; Wadi
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Cooper, Jason Brandon, "Unwrapping the neolithic package: Wadi Shu'eib and Kholetria-Ortos in perspective" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3269.