Published under the direction of Gary O. Rollefson and Zeidan Kafafi
Symbols at 'Ain Ghazal
'Ain Ghazal is a Neolithic site located near Amman, Jordan. It was excavated between 1982 and 1998 by an American-Jordanian team directed by Gary O. Rollefson, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wa. and Zeidan Kafafi, the University of Yarmouk at Irbid, Jordan.
‘Ain Ghazal was first settled about 7250 B.C., during the so-called Pre- Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) period. In a matter of a few centuries the village of stone houses had spread over 30 acres along the Zarqa River. During a prosperous period when the mixed economy increasingly relied on farming, ca. 7250-6000 B.C., ‘Ain Ghazal witnessed what can be termed an explosion of symbolism. The site was abandoned in the Yarmoukian period ca. 5000 BC. The following WEB presentation deals with the uniquely rich and varied ‘Ain Ghazal assemblage of symbols including tokens of many shapes, animal and human figurines, modeled human skulls, “monumental” statues and mural and floor paintings.
The forthcoming final report,
Symbols at ‘Ain Ghazal, will be published by
Ex Oriente, The Free University Press, Berlin, Germany.
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