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pre-pottery Neolithic


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A term developed by Kathleen Kenyon during her excavations at Jericho, and subsequently widely used to refer to the earliest phase of the Neolithic in the Near East when agriculture was practised but pottery was not produced. Kenyon divided the early Jericho pre‐pottery Neolithic into two phases: PPNA, broadly 8500–7600 bc, and PPNB, 7600–6000 bc. During the later of these, domesticated animals began to appear. Excavations at 'Ain Ghazal, Jordan, suggest that a third and final pre‐pottery Neolithic can be defined, PPNC, at about 6200–5900 bc.

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