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see Neolithic periodNeolithic period
or New Stone Age.
The term neolithic is used, especially in archaeology and anthropology, to designate a stage of cultural evolution or technological development characterized by the use of stone tools, the existence of settled villages largely
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; Mesolithic periodMesolithic period
or Middle Stone Age,
period in human development between the end of the Paleolithic period and the beginning of the Neolithic period. It began with the end of the last glacial period over 10,000 years ago and evolved into the Neolithic period; this
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Researchers focused on an ancient Natufian hunter-gatherer site in the Jordan Valley of Israel, where excavations have shown a wildly swinging ratio of house mice to wild mice during different prehistoric periods.
Belfer-Cohen (1988) observes that the practice of cranial retrieval in the Levant dates back to the Natufian at Hayonim Cave, Upper Galilee, and to the PPNA at Netiv Hagdud in the Jordan Valley.
They said, "The puppy, unique among Natufian burials, offers proof that an affectionate rather than gastronomic relationship existed between it and the buried person.
In the Old World hair combs have been found in the Middle East (Levant) as early as the Natufian Period (13,950-11,950 BP) (Mumcuoglu and Zias 1989).
Late Stone Age Natufian rules never die out, it seems.
Complimenting Mexican anthropological studies of teosinte (the ancestral grass that became domesticated maize), the SFU researchers analyzed the beer-brewing potential of stone fermentation cones and other tools from the remains of Natufian peoples in the Eastern Mediterranean (circa 10,000 years ago).
through Ritual: A Consideration of Late Natufian and Prepottery
Counting on this assumption, the current study relied on published archaeological reports and manuscripts on the Jordanian archaeological sites that span the period from about 12,500 BC (the beginning of the Natufian period) to 332 BC (the end of the Iron Age) (Fig.
2004): The Natufian economy at el-Wad Terrace with special reference to gazelle exploitation patterns.
She reviews environmental, architectural, and artifactual data from a wide range of societies, dating from the Natufian hunter-gatherers (living between circa 14,500 B.