1st Edition

The Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic in the Eastern Fertile Crescent Revisiting the Hilly Flanks

Edited By Tobias Richter, Hojjat Darabi Copyright 2024
    400 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    400 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together the latest results and discussions from research carried out in the eastern Fertile Crescent, the so-called hilly flanks, and adjacent regions, as well as providing key historical perspectives on earlier fieldwork in the region.

    The emergence of sedentary food producing societies in southwest Asia ca. 10,000 years ago has been a key research focus for archaeologists since the 1930s. This book provides a balance to the weight of work undertaken in the western Fertile Crescent, namely the Levant and southern Anatolia. This preference has led to a heavy emphasis on these regions in discussions about where, when and how the transition from hunting and gathering to plant cultivation and animal domestication occurred. Chapters assess the role of the eastern Fertile Crescent as a key region in the Neolithization process in southwest Asia, highlighting the key and important contributions people in this region made to the emergence of sedentary farming societies.

    This book is primarily aimed at academics researching the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture in southwest Asia. It will also be of interest to archaeologists working on this transition in other parts of Eurasia.

    Part 1 General Perspectives

    1. Revisiting the Hilly Flanks of Iran: New Data and Shifting Paradigms

    Barbara Helwing

    2. Emergence and Dispersal of Neolithic Lifeways: From Core to Peripheries

    Mehmet Özdoğan

    3. From Cradle to Mosaic: The Metaphors We Live By

    Trevor Watkins

    4. Human Dimensions of the Transition from Hunting-Gathering to Agro-Pastoralism

    Frank Hole

    Part 2 New Fieldwork/Regional Perspectives

    5. Epipalaeolithic Campsite at the Bawa Yawan Rockshelter, Nawdarwan Valley, Kermanshah Region, West-Central Zagros Mountains

    Saman Heydari-Guran, Rahmat Naderi, Sara Heydari, Nemat Hariri, Samran Asiabani, Faramarz Azizi, Azar Janatimehr, Elham Fotouhi and Elham Ghasidian

    6. Environment and Subsistence in the Zagros Epipalaeolithic: New Insights from Palegawra Cave

    Eleni Asouti, Ceren Kabukcu, Kate Swinson and Louise Martin

    7. The TCEC Project and its Implications for Investigating Neolithisation of the Eastern Fertile Crescent

    Hojjat Darabi, Tobias Richter and Peder Mortensen

    8. Körtik Tepe in the Origin and Development of the Neolithic in Upper Mesopotamia

    Vecihi Özkaya and Abu B. Siddiq

    Part 3 Lithic Industries

    9. The Earliest Neolithic Lithic Traditions: Evidence from Chogha Golan in the Western Foothills of the Zagros Mountains, Iran

    Mohsen Zeidi and Nicholas J. Conard

    10. Multiperiod Chipped Stone Assemblages: Preliminary Report on Caves and Rock Shelters in Izeh Plain, Khuzestan, Iran

    Mozhgan Jayez

    11. Aceramic Neolithic Flaked Stone Assemblages from Trench III, East Chia Sabz, West Iran

    Yoshihiro Nishiaki and Hojjat Darabi

    Part 4 Ceramics

    12. Fars as a Multi-Cultural Zone during the Neolithic Period

    Morteza Khanipour and Mohammad Hossein Azizi Kharanaghi

    13. Tell Begum, Shaikh Marif and Shakar Tepe: The Late Neolithic Pottery in the Shahrizor Plain, Iraqi Kurdistan

    Takahiro Odaka

    14. The Dung Among Other Tempers in Zagros and Mesopotamia Neolithic Pottery

    Natalia Petrova

    Part 5 Miscellaneous

    15. Ganj Dareh Burial Practice and Social Memory

    Deborah C. Merrett, Christopher Meiklejohn, David Reich and Ron Pinhasi

    16. ‘DomestiSensation’: Current State of Plant Analyses in Göbekli Tepe, Southeast Turkey

    Birgül Öğüt with the collaboration of Ferran Antolín

    17. Testing the Palaeolithic Harvesting Hypothesis at Ghar-E Boof with Improved Botanical Recovery

    Nicholas J. Conard, Christopher E. Miller, Simone Riehl, and Mohsen Zeidi


    Tobias Richter is an associate professor in Near Eastern Archaeology and head of the Centre for the Study of Early Agricultural Societies (CSEAS) at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His work investigates the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture in prehistory, focusing on Southwest Asia.

    Hojjat Darabi is an associate professor of prehistoric archaeology at Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran. For the past 15 years, he has been researching the Neolithic in the Zagros, focusing on the transition from foraging to food producing and the emergence of village life. He (co)-directed excavation at a number of important Neolithic sites in the central Zagros.