Archaeology of the Near East

Hello from Pre-History

Pre-History podcast is an archaeology podcast covering the archaeology of the ancient Near East (Middle East) from the beginning. This will be done in a narrative format, with episodes moving along through time to cover what we know about all periods of the prehistoric archaeology of this fascinating region. There will be a new episode every week on what has been discovered about people, societies and cities across the Near East as we move through time, including special discussions of new discoveries and interesting archaeological sites from each time.

As we move through time looking at the archaeological record of the ancient Near East, each podcast episode looks at a different chronological period, or a different aspect of the archaeology of that period. Thus far we have discussed what we currently know about the timing and process of human evolution and the spread of Homo erectus into the Near East and what we know about how they lived during the Lower Palaeolithic, as well as what we know about the lifestyles of Neanderthals and Anatomically Modern Humans in the Near East during the Middle Palaeolithic, the move from Neanderthals to modern humans in the Upper Palaeolithic, changes to human movement and food preparation in the Epipalaeolithic and the domestication of plants and animals in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. We have now said goodbye to the world of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic in the ancient Near East and can begin to look at how the different regions of the Near East changed over the course of the Pottery Neolithic.

For a look at some of the topics and locations which are discussed in current and previous podcast episodes, have a look at their associated posts:

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Episode 15: Cyprus

Now that we have had a look at the Pre-Pottery Neolithic in most of the Near East, we can have a look at the arrival of people on Cyprus and what we know about the Pre-Pottery Neolithic societies there. The earliest evidence that we currently have of people on Cyprus comes from the site ofContinue reading “Episode 15: Cyprus”


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