By Jacques Cauvin, Trevor Watkins

This cutting edge learn analyzes the good cultural and monetary adjustments taking place within the close to East among 10,000 and 7,000 BC as Palaeolithic societies of hunter-gatherers gave approach to village groups of Neolithic food-producers. tough the orthodox, materialist interpretations, and drawing on French theories of mentalities, Jacques Cauvin argues that the Neolithic revolution needs to be understood as an highbrow transformation, revealing itself specifically in symbolic actions. He describes the emergence of the 1st agricultural villages, pastoralism and nomadism, and the diffusion of Neolithic rules and perform to the region's outer edge.

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Me 3 ← pikre≤ ue “arwljat≤ msnord≤ The fifth letter of the second line is not in fact k k, but an inverted form of l l, given the clear onomastic identification (“ar)wljat = Uliatow. For the penultimate letter of the second line, I adopt the reading d d instead of Masson i i, according to Schürr (2001b:103), who follows on from a new direct reading of ”evoro“kin: cf. Me 48. Close observation of the photograph in Masson-Yoyotte (1956) supports the new reading. Photograph: Masson-Yoyotte (1956: pl.

IV, 1). Drawings: Masson (1978:23, pl. XXXIII, 1). M 13, here the prothesis of a woman is represented. Photograph: Masson (1978, pl. V, 1). Drawings: Masson (1978:24, pl. XXXIII, 2). ≤ The surprising form of the last word, mvdoUZ mwdou≤ [sic], instead of the usual mvdoNz mwdon≤, was convincingly argued by Masson as a simple case of an incomplete sign U u for N n. Photograph: Masson (1978, pl. V, 2). Drawings: Masson (1978:24, pl. XXXIV, 2). )[. ) Bilingual inscription. )[. . )-. ”. Me 9), the divergences between Nrskr ~ urs∞le- have been debated at length.

XXXV, 3). Me 18 (Masson 1978) ← (a) ta“ubt≤ kuari≤bar | ≤en niqau≤ ptnupi (b) idmuon≤ ∞i | mdayn ∞i 50 chapter three The two parts have been inscribed by different hands. Whilst neither section poses problems of reading, the overall structure of the text remains obscure. Photograph: Masson (1978, pl. VIII, 1). Drawings: Masson (1978:28, pl. XXXV, 4). Me 19 ← pnu≤ol zmu≤ ∞i Curved stela (‘stèle cintrée’). No problems of reading. Photograph: Masson (1978, pl. VIII, 2). Drawing: Masson (1978:29).

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