672 pages, 46 colour & 327 b/w illustrations
Quaternary of the Levant presents up-to-date research achievements from a region that displays unique interactions between climate, the environment and human evolution. Focusing on southeast Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel, it brings together over 80 contributions from leading researchers to review 2.5 million years of environmental change and human cultural evolution. Information from prehistoric sites and palaeoanthropological studies contributing to our understanding of 'out of Africa' migrations, Neanderthals, cultures of modern humans, and the origins of agriculture are assessed within the context of glacial-interglacial cycles, marine isotope cycles, plate tectonics, geochronology, geomorphology, palaeoecology and genetics. Complemented by overview summaries that draw together the findings of each chapter, the resulting coverage is wide-ranging and cohesive. The cross-disciplinary nature of Quaternary of the Levant makes it an invaluable resource for academics and advanced students of Quaternary science and human prehistory, as well as being an important reference for archaeologists working in the region.
Part I. The Evolution of Current Landscapes and Basins
Part II. Palaeoclimates
Part III. Archaeology of Human Evolution
Part IV. Palaeoecology
Part V. Quaternary Geomorphology
Part VI. Humans in the Levant
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Yehouda Enzel is a professor and Chair of the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has studied the geomorphology and Quaternary geology of diverse continental environments for over thirty years, as well as aspects of palaeofloods, palaeohydrology, palaeolimnology, dust, loess, and soils. In 2005, Professor Enzel was awarded the Geological Society of America Farouk El-Baz Desert Research Award.
Ofer Bar-Yosef is Emeritus Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Harvard University. He has been involved in a wide range of prehistoric site excavations since 1959, in Israel, Sinai (Egypt), Turkey, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Georgia, and the People's Republic of China. Professor Bar-Yosef has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) since 2001 and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy since 2005.