The Obsidian from Umm Dabaghiyah, a Proto-Hassuna site in Northern Mesopotamia

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Abstract

Obsidian is regularly found in wider Mesopotamia in contexts ranging from the Epipalaeolithic into the Bronze Age, although information about its use is very uneven. In this chapter, we summarise the results of an integrated provenance and morpho-technological study of the obsidian from the Proto-Hassuna (early pottery Neolithic) settlement of Umm Dabaghiyah in northern Iraq and consider the benefits of an integrated study for a large number of artefacts. Although the settlement is in what now appears to be an environmentally marginal zone between steppe and desert, this probably was not the case when the site was occupied. Obsidian is one of several non-local raw materials present and knowledge of its origins and how it was used helps understand the site in its
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNear Eastern Lithic Technologies on The Move: Interactions and Contexts in Neolithic Traditions
PublisherÅströms förlag
Pages401
Number of pages413
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-9925-7455-3-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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