The talk “Pagesos i caçadors recol·lectors als inicis del Neolític a la Mediterrània Oriental. Projectes Kharaysin (Jordània) i Nahal Efe (Israel)” is scheduled next Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at the Palau Marc (Rambla de Santa Mònica, 8, Barcelona).

The results of the excavations in Neolithic sites of Kharaysin (Jordan) and Nahal Efe (Israel) will be presented. Both projects were recently undertaken by the Archeology of Social Dynamics (ASD) research group from Institució Milà i Fontanals (IMF-CSIC). These are two sites of great relevance for the study of the neolithization process in the Eastern Mediterranean and they present a state of exceptional conservation. The site of Kharaysin is a large Neolithic village with a chronological span of almost two thousand years (10th-9th millennium BC.). This is one of the few sites in the region where you can study the appearance and evolution of the first farming and herding communities. On the other hand, the project of Nahal Efe has uncovered a small village of hunter-gatherers from mid-9th millennium BC. It is located in the desert region of the Negev, as an evidence of the continuity of this economic system in the peripheral (semi-desert) zones at a time of consolidation of agriculture for much of the Mediterranean East. The results of the two projects allow us to contrast two very different economic and cultural realities, highlighting the variability of economic strategies throughout the Neolithic period in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The talk will be offered by Ferran Borrell and Juan José Ibáñez and moderated by Maria Saña. The session will be broadcast live on video streaming. If you wish to comment or ask questions to the speakers you can do on Twitter with the hashtag #tribune2019.