Episode 14: Networks and Inventions in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic

The Pre-Pottery Neolithic of the Near East is known for a lot of changes to daily life compared with the earlier Epipalaeolithic. We have already looked at some of these major changes to the way that people lived, with the change from gathering to growing your own food, and settling down to live in villagesContinue reading “Episode 14: Networks and Inventions in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic”

Episode 13: It takes a village

The Pre-Pottery Neolithic in the Near East was a time of many firsts. In addition to changing the way that we lived and got our food, it was also the time when we got villages and village life. The first recognizable houses appear in the later part of the Epipalaeolithic. However, we don’t really thinkContinue reading “Episode 13: It takes a village”

Episode 12: Domestication on the Hoof in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic

After we had a look last week at how we went from gathering to farming plants, this week we are finishing off the change from getting our food in the wild to growing it at home by looking at the process of animal domestication in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) of the Near East. As withContinue reading “Episode 12: Domestication on the Hoof in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic”

Episode 11: Bright Ideas? Experiments with Plant Domestication

Last week we looked at the second, Holocene half of the Epipalaeolithic. We saw that people in many parts of the Near East seem to have been settling down a bit more, and were building more permanent houses to live in. These houses also have evidence for storage, which may well have been happening inContinue reading “Episode 11: Bright Ideas? Experiments with Plant Domestication”

Episode 10: Settling down in the Later Epipalaeolithic

Last time we saw how the earlier part of the Epipalaeolithic differed from the Upper Palaeolithic mostly in terms of the degree of changes which had been gathering over the course of the later Upper Palaeolithic, rather than the sudden appearance of new techniques and traditions. The later Epipalaeolithic is more of a change thanContinue reading “Episode 10: Settling down in the Later Epipalaeolithic”

Episode 9: Distinguishing the Early Epipalaeolithic

The Epipalaeolithic is a bit of a tricky period in the prehistory of the Near East. This is especially the case for the first half of the Epipalaeolithic. As a period, the Epipalaeolithic in the Near East runs from the Last Glacial Maximum at the end of the Pleistocene (beginning about 24/23-20,000 years ago), throughContinue reading “Episode 9: Distinguishing the Early Epipalaeolithic”

Episode 8: Social Networking in the Upper Palaeolithic

Last week we looked at new inventions of the Upper Palaeolithic. We also saw how while many of these new developments appear all over the Near East in the Upper Palaeolithic, much of the evidence that we have for people across the Near East suggests differences between groups of people within the individual regions ofContinue reading “Episode 8: Social Networking in the Upper Palaeolithic”

Episode 7: Inventing the Upper Palaeolithic

Last week we looked at the process of transition from the Middle Palaeolithic to the Upper Palaeolithic. This week we are starting to look at what life was like in the now human-only world of the Near East in the Upper Palaeolithic proper. We know from last week that the move into the Upper PalaeolithicContinue reading “Episode 7: Inventing the Upper Palaeolithic”

Episode 6: Humans 2.0 and the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition

Over the last few weeks we have seen how humans and Neanderthals each lived in the Near East, how each was present in different areas, or in the same area at different times. This week humans move once again out of Africa and northwards across the Near East. Unlike in the Middle Palaeolithic, this timeContinue reading “Episode 6: Humans 2.0 and the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition”

Episode 5: Middle Palaeolithic Humans in Arabia

After taking a look at Neanderthals last week, this week we take a look at how what we know about the lifestyles and habits of Middle Palaeolithic humans compares with what we know about Neanderthals. In comparison with Neanderthals, the evidence that humans buried their dead, that they may even have included grave goods inContinue reading “Episode 5: Middle Palaeolithic Humans in Arabia”