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Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux

Fédération de recherche sur les sociétés anciennes


The Eastern Wing of the Fertile Crescent

The Eastern Wing of the Fertile Crescent
Late prehistory of Greater Mesopotamian lithic industries


Résumé français

Preface by Ofer Bar-Yosef


  • A few words about this book
  • Book structure
  • Description of industries/groups of industries 
  • Sampling
  • List of sites and Bibliography
  • "Sickles"
  • The blade with "mirror-like" polishing: the myth or the reality, by Galina F. Korobkova
  • Acknowledgments

Early "Neolithic" Culture of the Near East

  • The Fertile Crescent and Beyond
  • Early "Neolihic" Culture - Homogenity and Diversity
  • Stylistic Differentation, Industrial Provinces of the Near East
  • The Industries
  • Functional Differentation of "Home" Flint Industies of the "Neolithic"
  • Chronology
  • Periodization
  • Lithic Industries vs. Ceramic Cultures

Iraqi-Iranian Province

  • Introduction 
  • Nemrikian Industry (Industries?)
  • Conclusions
  • Mlefatian Industries
  • Late Industries of the Iraq-lranian Province
    • Post-Mlefatian
    • Sawwan Industry
    • Post-Nemrikian lndustry (lraqi facies of BAI)
    • Agro-Standard

Levantine Province

  • Introduction
  • Early Industries
    • First Stage: Khamian Industries
    • Second Stage: Mureibetian Aswadian/Early PPNB Industries
  • Late Industries
    • Big Arrowheads Industries (BAI)
  • Lithic Industries of the Neolithic period in the Southem Central Levant: A Review, by Avi Gopher
    • Introduction
    • Raw Materials
    • Methodological issues and the "stare of the art"
    • A survey of Neolithic Flint Industries
    • Discussion and Summary

Caucasian-Caspian Province

  • Introduction
  • Trialetian
  • Late (Post-Trialetian) Industries of the Caucasian-Caspian Province
    • BAI Post-Trialetian Industry
    • Late Industries of Central Asia
    • Late Industries of the Iranian Plateau

Final Remarks

  • Generalities
  • Stylistic differentation
  • Regionalities
    • Iraqi-Iranian Province
    • Caucasian Province
    • Levantine Province
  • Chronological table
  • Raw materials
  • "Subindustries"
  • Paleohistory
    • A Breakthrough
    • Two Roads
    • Changes in the West
    • New Order
    • Big Bang
    • Changes in the East

List of Sites and Bibliography

  • List of Sites
    • Personal and/or letter informations/permision, access to unpublished material
    • Unpublished original drawings and notes
    • Studied collections and samples of artefacts
  • Bibliography
    • Catalogues of sites
    • Chronology and periodisation
    • Typology
    • Taxonomy
    • Technology
    • Raw material
    • Function of sites/industries
    • Function of tools
    • Origins of "Neolithic" industries
    • Regional studies on lithic industries


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  • Maps Titles

Plates I-LXXXI