beads, shells, Palaeolithic, Chalcolithic, Levant (Other Keyword)

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The Color of Personal Ornaments in Prehistoric Periods of the Levant (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer.

This is an abstract from the "Culturing the Body: Prehistoric Perspectives on Identity and Sociality" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Shell beads appear first in the Middle Palaeolithic of the Levant. Their use as personal ornaments is evidence for cognitive abilities and symbolic expressions, however, their colors are limited to white, red and black. Humans’ transition from a foraging economy to agriculture in the Neolithic of the Levant brought...