Neolithic cult sites in the southern negev, israel

Uzi Avner, Moti Shem-Tov, Lior Enmar, Gideon Ragolski, Rachamim Shem-Tov, Omry Barzilai

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An archaeological survey in the southern Negev, Israel, uncovered hundreds of Neolithic cult sites built on the mountains, with specific characteristics: ‘regular’ and perforated standing stones, anthropomorphic stone images and other intriguing stone features. Although no such sites reported in other surveys in the Negev, Sinai and southern Jordan, these cult sites are not unique to the southern Negev. The sites and their content add new dimensions to our understanding of the Early and Late Neolithic periods in the Levantine deserts. The paper describes the sites and offers some interpretation of their features.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication‘Isaac went out to the field’
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Archaeology and Ancient Cultures in Honor of Isaac Gilead
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781784918309
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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© Authors and Archaeopress 2019.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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