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

  • Steven J. Mithen (a1), Bill Finlayson (a2), Sam Smith (a3), Emma Jenkins (a4), Mohammed Najjar (a5) and Darko Maričević (a1)...
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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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