Investigating the Pre-Pottery Neolithic demographic transition and the production of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic forms of representation in southwest Asia (Mattia Cartolano)

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Wednesday 11th March 2020 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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The Neolithic social transformations in southwest Asia not only involved the adoption of new forms of food procurement and the domestication of some animal and plant species but also the establishment of large villages and the employment of new symbolic and ritual forms. The inter- and intra-group organisations of extended settlements must have been set out by alternative communicative arrangements in order to by-pass the limit of bilateral interactions and foster cooperative interchange. This presentation aims to observe the distribution of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic forms of representation in 64 Pre-Pottery Neolithic sites (9700 to 6600 cal. BC) and a concise overview of population sizes at the site level along with an examination of the most common estimating population parameters.