Continuity and climate change: the Neolithic coastal settlement of Habonim North, Israel

Roey Nickelsberg, Thomas E. Levy, Ruth Shahack-Gross, Anthony Tamberino, Scott McAvoy, Gal Bermatov-Paz, Nimrod Marom, Ehud Arkin Shalev, Ehud Weiss, Suembikya Frumin, Assaf Yasur-Landau

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Abstract

Sedentary occupation of the southern Levantine coast spans from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic C to the Early Bronze Age Ib phase (c. 7000–3100 BC). Sites dating to the Early Pottery Neolithic (c. 6400–5500 BC) are scarce, however, potentially reflecting the effects of the 8.2ka climatic event. Here, the authors present the investigations at the submerged site of Habonim North off the Carmel Coast. Typological and radiocarbon dating indicate an Early Pottery Neolithic occupation and evidence for continuity of subsistence and economic strategies with both earlier and later Neolithic cultures. The results indicate the resilience of coastal communities in the face of significant climatic uncertainty and contribute to understanding human responses to environmental change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-362
Number of pages20
JournalAntiquity
Volume98
Issue number398
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Apr 2024

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Keywords

  • Israel
  • Neolithic
  • climate change
  • resilience
  • sea-level rise
  • subsistence

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