Investigation Into Early Desert Pastoralism, An


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Series: Monographs 69
ISBN: 978-1-931745-84-0
Publication Date: Oct 2011
Price: Hb $69.95, Pb $39.95
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Steven A. Rosen

Negev focuses on two primary purposes, one theoretical/methodological and the second substantive. Briefly stated, the book comprises a case study of excavations at an early (ca. 2800 B.C.) pastoral site in the Negev, providing detailed analyses and a synthetic overview of a seasonal encampment from this early period in the Investigation Into Early Desert Pastoralismevolution of desert pastoral societies. It thus both demonstrates the feasibility of an archaeology of early mobile pastoralism and grapples with the basic anthropological and methodological issues surrounding the subject. Investigation Into Early Desert PastoralismSubstantively, both the architectural and material culture assemblages uncovered constitute the first detailed analysis of this early desert culture and include materials previously unreported for the region and period. Historically, the Camel Site is placed in a larger perspective of the beginnings of multiresource nomadism in relation to the rise of complex societies. 

Table of Contents
  • Ch. 01: Introduction: Toward an Archaeology of Early Nomadism at the Camel Site by Steven A. Rosen
  • Ch. 02: Location and Environment by Steven A. Rosen
  • Ch. 03: The Physical Site: Stratigraphy, Architecture, and Site Features by Steven A. Rosen
  • Ch. 04: Chronology by Steven A. Rosen
  • Ch. 05: The Pottery from the Camel Site by Benjamin Saidel
  • Ch. 06: The Lithic Assemblage from the Camel Site by Sorin Hermon, Jacob Vardi, and Steven A. Rosen
  • Ch. 07: Milling Stones and Waste by Yael Abadi-Reiss and Steven A. Rosen
  • Ch. 08: Copper Objects from the Camel Site by Irina Segal and Steven A. Rosen 
  • Ch. 09: The Camel Site Obsidian: Analyses, Synthesis and Implications by Steven A. Rosen, Robert H. Tykot, and Michael Gottesman
  • Ch. 10: Shells, Beads, and Other Artifacts by Steven A. Rosen, Yoav Avni, and Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer
  • Ch. 11: Sediments and Microartifacts from the Camel Site by Philippa Ryan, Alison Weisskopf, and Steven A. Rosen
  • Ch. 12: The Organization of Space at the Camel Site by Yoram Haimi and Steven A. Rosen
  • Ch. 13: The Camel Site in Perspective by Steven A. Rosen