New perspectives and methods applied to the "known" settlement of Merimde Beni Salama, Western Nile Delta

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Abstract

The Neolithic settlement of Merimde Beni Salama is unique in providing the earliest evidence for a built Neolithic settlement in North Africa. Previous excavations at Merimde Beni Salama from the 1930s until the 1990s have successfully provided evidence of domestic structures, a mixed economy of domesticated species, hunting, and fishing, and a great deal of artefactual evidence. Recent investigations at Merimde Beni Salama have started to yield new data that contributes to a reassessment of how the settlement changed during the period of use, the spatial extent of the settlement, and the settlement’s chronology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevolutions: The Neolithisation of the Mediterranean Basin
Subtitle of host publicationThe Transition to Food Producing Economies in North Africa and Southern Europe and the Levant
EditorsJoanne Rowland, Geoffrey Tassie, Giulio Lucarini
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherEdition Topoi
Pages169-183
ISBN (Print)9783981968569
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameBerlin Studies of the Ancient World
Volume68

Keywords

  • Neolithic
  • Mediterranean Basin
  • North Africa
  • archaeology
  • food-producing
  • Egypt
  • Delta
  • Merimde Beni Salama

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