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2014-04-23 09:32:10   •   ID: 1147

PPNB: Big Arrowhead Tradition

Figure1 ; PPNB
During the Pre-Pottery-Neolithic-B (PPNB; 10,6-8,7 k.a cal BP) several dramatic developments occurred:

  • The final domestication of animals and plants
  • The elaboration of ritual behavior
  • The development of “mega sites” with more than 3500 inhabitants
  • Colonisation of Cyprus (Parekklisia Shillourokambos, Kissonerga Mylouthkia)

The stone artifacts are from non-local raw materials and blade-dominated. Naviform cores and a phenomena, called the “big arrowhead industry” (Kozlowski 1999) are the hallmark of the PPNB.  Sickle blades with inverse retouch, burins and drills are common. Heavy duty tools like bifacial core axes occur.

The arrowheads shown here were found at the west bank of the Jordan River, in the lowest layers at Ras Shamra ("Ugarit") in Syria, and from Khlade (Lebanon) and are most probably from the PPNB, although they do not exactly display the features of the more common Jericho, Byblos or Amuq-variants.

It was not until the end of 2022 that I discovered by chance that the second artifact in this post is not from the PPNB but from the Epipaleolithic. It is a "Jilat Point". So one can deceive oneself...

Recent research indicates that Byblos points were probably dart-points propelled by spear-throwers (Borell 2016). The author suggests that this findings indicate "a shift –from bow to spear-thrower– in projectile technology associated with the appearance and expansion of bidirectional blade technology during the PPNB in the Levant and synchronous with the consolidation of agricultural systems in the region".

Provenance: Ex Henri-Martin (FR) and Levenstein (Israel)

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