Landscape and Super-Regional Scale Interaction within the Aceramic Neolithic of Cyprus

Author(s): Katelyn DiBenedetto; Levi Keach

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Pushing the Envelope, Chasing Stone Age Sailors and Early Agriculture: Papers in Honor of the Career of Alan H. Simmons" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Over the course of Dr. Alan Simmons’ career, his work has challenged us to reconsider the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) time and time again. His early work on subsistence among the PPNB peoples of the Negev helped researchers to consider a PPNB without farming or villages. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, his work with Dr. Gary Rollefson at 'Ain Ghazal led to greater considerations for both larger villages and divergent lifeways during the Aceramic Neolithic. In light of megasites like 'Ain Ghazal, Dr, Simmons’ work at Ghwair I contributed to scholars considering the complexity of smaller, remote sites. Finally, his more recent work on the island of Cyprus has helped us to better understand domestication, village life, land and water management, and regionalism within the PPN and earlier times. Inspired by the legacy of our mentor, in this paper we briefly consider how our recent dissertations on the Pre-Pottery Neolithic of Cyprus challenge our understanding of human interaction on the landscape within Cyprus as well as the nature of interaction between the PPN peoples of Cyprus and the mainland overtime.

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Landscape and Super-Regional Scale Interaction within the Aceramic Neolithic of Cyprus. Katelyn DiBenedetto, Levi Keach. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450523)

Spatial Coverage

min long: 26.191; min lat: 12.211 ; max long: 73.477; max lat: 42.94 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25255