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Human mobility and early sedentism: the Late Neolithic landscape of southern Azerbaijan

  • Andrea Ricci (a1), Maria Bianca D'Anna (a2), Dan Lawrence (a3), Barbara Helwing (a4) and Tevekkül Aliyev (a5)...
Abstract

Recent survey and excavation conducted in the Mil Plain region of the southern part of the Republic of Azerbaijan challenges traditional notions of Neolithic sedentism. Here, the authors present their findings, and propose that prior to its abandonment towards the end of the sixth millennium BC, the occupation of the region was comprised of numerous highly variable short-term sites and multi-mounded sites (Qarabel Tepe), as well as anchoring sites (Kamiltepe). This indicates multi-scalar patterns of mobility of a much more complex nature than had previously been supposed, making this region quite unique for the Late Neolithic of South-western Asia.

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