Twenty. The Northern Levant

  1. D. T. Potts
  1. Karin Bartl

Published Online: 26 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch20

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

How to Cite

Bartl, K. (2012) The Northern Levant, in A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ed D. T. Potts), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch20

Editor Information

  1. University of Sydney, Australia

Author Information

  1. Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189880

Online ISBN: 9781444360790



  • early village and town life;
  • northern Levant, optimal habitats of the western Near East;
  • northern Levant, and human interference;
  • the Epipaleolithic era, PPNA and PPNB;
  • construction of dams, on the Euphrates;
  • sedentarization, Epipaleolithic, western Near East;
  • PPNA, first permanent settlements;
  • PPNB, full-fledged Neolithic period;
  • special-purpose buildings, innovations of the Late Neolithic;
  • interregional contacts, settlement history of the Levant


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Earliest Settlements: The Initial Phase of Sedentarization

  • PPNA: First Permanent Settlements

  • PPNB: The Full-Fledged Neolithic Period

  • The Early Late Neolithic: The Close of Neolithic Development in the 7th Millennium BC

  • Late Neolithic Period/6th Millennium: Contacts with Mesopotamia

  • Early Chalcolithic Period/5th Millennium: Ubaid Influence

  • Late Chalcolithic/4th Millennium: Uruk Expansion on the Euphrates

  • Conclusion

  • Guide to Further Reading