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An 11 600 year-old communal structure from the Neolithic of southern Jordan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Steven J. Mithen
Affiliation:
University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 217, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH, UK (Email: s.j.mithen@rdg.ac.uk)
Bill Finlayson
Affiliation:
Council for British Research in the Levant, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, UK
Sam Smith
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology and Geography, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK
Emma Jenkins
Affiliation:
School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University, Christchurch House, Talbot Campus, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB, UK
Mohammed Najjar
Affiliation:
The British Institute, P.O. Box 519, Jubaiha 11941, Amman, Jordan
Darko Maričević
Affiliation:
University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 217, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH, UK (Email: s.j.mithen@rdg.ac.uk)
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The authors present a new type of communal and monumental structure from the earliest Neolithic in western Asia. A complement to the decorated stone pillars erected at Göbekli Tepe in the north, ‘Wadi Faynan 16 Structure O75’ in the southern Levant is a ritualised gathering place of a different kind. It serves to define wider western Asia as an arena of social experiment in the tenth millennium BC, one in which community seems to take precedence over economy.

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