The Harra and the Hamad: Excavations and Explorations in Eastern Jordan

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A. V. G. Betts
A&C Black, Jan 1, 1999 - Religion - 252 pages
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Eastern Jordan is divided environmentally into two sectors: the rocky basalt Harra to the west and the open gravel plains of the Hamad to the east. This is the first in a series of three reports on fieldwork carried out in this region from 1979 to 1991, presenting evidence for the Epipalaeolithic periods and Neolithic hunting stations in the Harra associated with the use of desert 'kites'. This volume also includes an edited summary of work by Uzbek and Russian scholars on hunting traps and animal migration patterns on the Ustiurt plateau in Uzbekistan, which lies between the Aral and the Caspian Seas.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Epipaleolithic Periods
11
Stratigraphy and Construction 37
31
List of Plates
Chipped Stone 59
Stage 2 core preparation and rejuvenation pieces 77
4-2
Ground Stone 121
Pottery Miscellaneous Objects and Imported Items 135
13
Arrowshaped structures in the AraloCaspian steppe 207
Conclusion 225
BIBLIOGRAPHY 231
PLATES 245
3
feature AL 246
4
squares 4200 4100 general view of pavement at base of Stage 2 247
5
a Fabric impressed plaster b Cotton fibres embedded in plaster x300 248
6
Dhuweila two horned animals facing right incised on cobble 249
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Rock Carvings 143
The Animal Bones 159
5
2a The relative proportions of taxa for each phase and stage of occupation at Dhuweila 160
6
Botanical Remains 185
11
Area Survey 191
9
Abu Masiade eshSharqi two horned animals facing left wavy parallel 250
12
parenchymatous tissues of the 251
13
parenchyma cells 251
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Alison Betts is Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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