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Title: Evolution as a way of intertwining: regional approach and new data on the Halaf-Ubaidtransition in Northern Mesopotamia
Authors: Baldi, Johnny Samuele
Keywords: UbaidHalaf-Ubaid TransitionWadi Rabahceramic technologynorthern Mesopotamianorthern LevantLebanon
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Johnny Samuele Baldi, "Evolution as a way of intertwining: regional approach and new data on the Halaf-Ubaidtransition in Northern Mesopotamia", in: Marco Iamoni (Edited by), "From the Prehistory of Upper Mesopotamia to the Bronze and Iron Age Societies of the Levant. Volume 1. Proceedings of the 5th “Broadening Horizons” Conference (Udine 5-8 June 2017)", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2020, pp. 71-87
Abstract: 
The Ubaid represents a fundamental phase for the emergence of social complexity and is the first cultural phaenomenon
having spread throughout almost the entire Fertile Crescent. A long-lasting debate exists about the
modalities of this expansion, while its chronology – around the last quarter of the sixth millennium BC – is
generally considered as well established. However, recent reassessments of some ancient radiocarbon dates and
ceramic data from the whole Ubaid sphere clearly suggest that the chronology of the emergence of the Ubaid
is as controversial as the modalities of this process. On the basis of new data from northern Mesopotamia and
the northern Levant, this paper focuses on the Halaf-Ubaid Transition, as well as on the contact between the
Ubaid and other cultural entities in Levantine areas generally considered as external to the Ubaid sphere. Technical
and morpho-stylistic analysis of some sixth millennium assemblages seems to suggest that the Ubaid expansion
could have begun much earlier than generally imagined and could have implied very frequent and deep
cultural relations with other Mesopotamian and Levantine cultures.
Type: Book
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/30205
ISBN: 978-88-5511-046-4
eISBN: 978-88-5511-047-1
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:2. From the Prehistory of Upper Mesopotamia to the Bronze and Iron Age Societies of the Levant. Volume 1

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