Monograph Series No. 29

The Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University

Monograph No. 29

Village Communities of the Pottery Neolithic Period in the Menashe Hills, Israel: Archaeological Investigations at the Sites of Nahal Zehora

by Avi Gopher


The book summarizes a decade of field work in the Pottery Neolithic sites of Naḥal Zehora I and Naḥal Zehora II (1987–1998). Through their rich array of finds, the two sites offer a comprehensive look at the different Pottery Neolithic cultural entities. Building on detailed descriptions of the sites and finds, the three-volume work contemplates socio-economic issues and offers a general view of the PN in the late prehistoric sequence of the southern Levant. The major role played by the Pottery Neolithic period in establishing and institutionalizing village communities and rural landscapes in the area is discussed and the culmination of related processes is seen as a ‘Second Neolithic Revolution’.

Prof. Avi Gopher of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures of Tel Aviv University has excavated mainly Neolithic sites and studied their finds, mainly lithics. In recent years his Neolithic studies have focused on plant domestication in the Levant. In the last decade he has also co-directed the Qesem Cave Project – a Middle Pleistocene, Lower Paleolithic site in central Israel, not far from Tel Aviv.

The Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology

Monograph No. 29

Hardcover, Three Volumes, 1600+ pp.  $175.00

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With contributions by: Ran Barkai, Jean Alix Baratt, Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer, Elisabetta Boaretto, Israel Carmi, Simon Davis, Sarah Delerue, Lev Eppelbaum, Vered Eshed, Ruth Eyal, David Gersht, Yuval Goren, Anat Hartman, Sonia Itkis, Mordechai Kislev, Simcha Lev-

Yadun, Nili Liphschitz, Anthony Milton, Assaf Nativ, Danny Naveh, Estelle Orrelle,

Gerard Poupeau, Baruch Rosen, Galit Samora, Shoh Yamada, Richard Yerkes

 Size of page (text) is 12.4 x 20


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