A New Picture of the Neolithic Revolution in the Near East

Members’ Lecture
Harald Hauptmann, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America

Recent excavations in south east Turkey have yielded new evidence about the cultures of the ancient Near East. Discoveries at sites such as Cayönü, Göbekli Tepe, and Nevali Cori have led archaeologists to reconsider the agricultural, religious, and urbanization practices of ancient peoples in Neolithic Anatolia and Upper Mesopotamia. This lecture will explore some of the earliest religious architecture ever discovered, demonstrate how interdisciplinary sciences interpret ancient archaeological finds, and showcase some of the artifacts that force archaeologists to question the relationship between Neolithic religion, urbanization, and agriculture.

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