Variability within consistency: Cairns and funerary practices of the Late Neolithic/Early Chalcolithic in the Al-Thulaythuwat area, southern Jordan

Wael Abu-Azizeh, Mohammad Tarawneh, Fawzi Abudanah, Saad Twaissi, Adeeb Al-Salameen

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Abstract

Exploration undertaken in Al-Thulaythuwat/Jabal Kabd area, in the framework of the south-eastern Badia Archaeological Project, identified an extensive funerary phenomenon dating back to either, the Late Neolithic, or a transitional Late Neolithic/Early Chalcolithic phase. Excavation of a small but representative sample of burial structures, along with an analysis of the cairns and associated structures, highlighted different levels of variability. However, when viewed as a whole, this necropolis on the south-eastern arid margins of Jordan demonstrates a marked level of consistency. While our interpretations remain tentative, we have tried here to offer working hypotheses for this variability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-185
Number of pages25
JournalLevant
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Al-Thulaythuwat/Jabal Kabd
  • Cairns
  • Early chalcolithic
  • Funerary practices
  • Late neolithic
  • Mortuary archaeology
  • Rectangular and trapezoidal platforms
  • Southern Jordan
  • Steppe zone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology

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