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Author Fraser, James A. (Jamie), author.

Title Dolmens in the Levant / James A. Fraser
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series The Palestine Exploration Fund annual ; XIV
Palestine Exploration Fund annual ; 13
Contents Part I. The typology, chronology and distribution of dolmens in the Levant -- Approaching dolmens in the Levant -- Megalithism, nomadism and the dolmen problem : a history of dolmen research in the Levant -- Untangling dolmen typologies and chronologies in the Levant -- The dolmen phenomenon in Israel/Palestine and the Northern Levant -- Dolmens, geology and the EB settlement landscape in Jordan -- Dolmens, geology and the EB settlement landscape in the Galilee, the Golan and the Leja -- Part II. Dolmens in the Wadi ar-Rayyan -- Dolmens and settlements -- The megalithic landscape -- Dolmen morphology and burial -- Dolmen orientation -- Dolmen construction : the quarrying, extraction and movement of megalithic blocks -- Dolmens in context : summary and concluding remarks
Summary "When Western explorers first encountered dolmens in the Levant, they thought they had discovered the origins of a megalithic phenomenon that spread as far as the Atlantic coast. Although European dolmens are now considered an unrelated tradition, many researchers continue to approach dolmens in the Levant as part of a transregional phenomenon that spanned the Taurus mountains to the Arabian peninsula.By tightly defining the term 'dolmen' itself, this book brings these mysterious monuments into sharper focus. Drawing on historical, archaeological and geological sources, it is shown that dolmens in the Levant mostly concentrate in the eastern escarpment of the Jordan Rift Valley, and in the Galilean hills. They cluster near proto-urban settlements of the Early Bronze I period (3700-3000 BC) in particular geological zones suitable for the extraction of megalithic slabs. Rather than approaching dolmens as a regional phenomenon, this book considers dolmens as part of a local burial tradition whose tomb forms varied depending on geological constraints. Dolmens in the Levant is essential for anyone interested in the rise of civilisations in the ancient Middle East, and particularly those who have wondered at the origins of these enigmatic burial monuments that dominate the landscape"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 07, 2018)
Subject Dolmens -- Israel
Dolmens -- Middle East
Dolmens -- Palestine
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Israel.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Middle East.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Palestine.
Excavations (Archaeology)
HISTORY -- Ancient -- General.
Israel -- Antiquities.
Middle East -- Antiquities.
Palestine -- Antiquities.
Middle East -- Palestine.
Middle East.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017028725
ISBN 1138551856