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Mezraa-Teleilat settlement ‘impressed’ ware and transferring Neolithic life style?

Posted by Fredsvenn on April 10, 2015

Abstract

The contexts and attributes indicating village life vary in time and space as this new Neolithic “way of living” spread to the Mediterranean coast, to Europe and to Asia. Specically, one of the basic properties of the Mediterranean Neolithic is a kind of  pottery known for its specialized decoration called “Impresso”.

Although this type of pottery is prevalent in Western Mediterranean regions, it is rare elsewhere except  for some parts of the East Mediterranean coast and certain parts of Anatolia.

The geographical expansion of “Impresso” pottery has been used for a long time as atool for discussions on the origin and the spread of the Mediterranean Neolithic. Discovering a type of pottery that is technically, aesthetically similar to “Impresso” pottery will help to answer some of the issues mentioned previously.

This poster discusses the properties of this ware, both generally around the Mediterranean and  specically within the site of Mezraa-Teleilat, in South-East Anatolia. As mentioned  previously, “Impresso” pottery can be simply dened as pottery with a special kind of decoration made by pressing an object, such as bamboo, a comb, a nail, a shell ontothe wet surface of a vessel.

Introduction

One of the most important problems in Near Eastern Archaeology is under standing how village life, beginning in the PPN and depending entirely on agriculture, spread to new regions after the transition to the PN.

After the PPN period, which lasted from 12.000 – to the 6th millenium BC, developed in a small area, village life spread rapidly along the Mediterranean coast to Portugal, through Continental Europe to the Netherlands, and to inner Asia.

In all of these regions the evolution of pottery can be diagnostic of chronology. The reasons for the spread of village life – via migration or knowledge or technology – are important hyphotheses in need of answers.

The contexts and attributes that indicate village life vary in time and space as this new Neolithic ‘way of living’ spread to the Mediterranean coast, to Europe and to Asia. Specifically, one of the basic properties of the Mediterranean Neolithic is a kind of pottery known for itsspecialized decoration called ‘Impressed’.

Although this type of pottery is prevalent in Western Mediterranean regions, it is rare elsewhere except for some parts of the East Mediterranean coast and certain parts of Anatolia. The geographical expansion of Impressed pottery has been used for a long time as a tool for discussions on the origin and the spread of the Mediterranean Neolithic.

Discovering a type of pottery that is technically or aesthetically similar to Impressed pottery will help answer some of the issues mentioned previously. We believe it is useful to introduce this ware group at this subject in order to assist our colleagues in uncovering the origin and spread of Neolithic Culture.

This paper discusses the properties of this ware, both generally around the Mediterranean and specically within the site of Mezraa-Teleilat.

Mezraa-Teleilat Settlement “Impressed” Ware and Transferring Neolithic Life Style

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