Re: non-agricultural neolithic village?

Naomi Miller (
Wed, 18 Jan 1995 09:25:58 +0000

In article <>,
wadley@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU (Greg Wadley) wrote:

> Can anyone help here? A friend me told the other day that he recently saw a
> newspaper article describing an archaeological find of a Neolithic Near East
> village where agriculture was _not_ practiced. I can't find the article. I am
> under the impression that it was a recent find. I has a quick scan of recent
> journals but didn't see anything.
There were sedentary non-agricultural villages in the Near East; for
look for articles concerning the Natufian period. A good, if dense, source
information is Donald O. Henry's "From Foraging to Agriculture," published
by the Univ. of Pennsylvania Press (1989).

Also, Michael Rosenberg has been working in eastern Turkey at a site called
Hallam Cemi (C with a cedilla, pronounced "ch"), which seems to be
pre-farming, thought the faunal analyst (Richard Redding) said at
a meeting of the Soc. for Amer. Arch. last year that there
may be domesticated pig. The New York Times science section had an
article on that subject soon after the SAA meeting last April.

Usually archaeologists use the term "Neolithic" to refer to societies
that engage in food production (plant and/or animal), so I presume
that is not your question.

N. Miller,