The success of provenance analyses of basaltic rock artefacts relies on the availability of comprehensive geochemical–mineralogical data from samples of geological occurrences in order to facilitate a detailed comparison of artefacts and potential raw material sources. We present new results of a geochemical study of Neogene basaltic rocks in Lower and Upper Galilee, the Jordan Valley, the Hula Basin and the western Golan Heights. The results are intended to serve as a geological reference database for provenance analyses. We discuss the implications of these new geochemical data for the different approaches of previous provenance studies.
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We are grateful to Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung for funding the project. We would like to thank N. Groschopf for her support on the XRF analyses, and R. Mertz, both at the Institute for Geosciences, Johannes Gutenberg University, for supporting the LA–ICP–MS analyses. Thanks also go to J. Schulz-Kraus, H. Deckert, J. Weiß, P. Süßer and B. Tzin, who supported the fieldwork, and to R. Weber, J. Weiß, N. Dirié and M. Drackert for processing the samples. The paper benefited from the helpful comments and corrections of J. Ebeling. We thank both of the anonymous referees for their constructive reviews, which helped to improve the manuscript.
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