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'Ain Ghazal

a Pleiades place resource

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A Neolithic settlement inhabited from ca. 7250 BC to 5000 BC; located in the northwest of Jordan.

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The Neolithic settlement of 'Ain Ghazal is located in northwestern Jordan, today in the outskirts of modern Amman. Occupation at the site began toward the end of the eighth millennium B.C. (ca. 7250 B.C.) and continued until ca. 5000 B.C. Covering some 15 hectares, 'Ain Ghazal is one of the largest Neolithic settlements known in the Near East.

'Ain Ghazal began as a typical Neolithic village. Its domestic architecture is agglomerative in nature and built atop an artificial terrace. 

'Ain Ghazal shows evidence for early cultivation of cereals and legumes, as well as evidence for early goat domestication.

The people of 'Ain Ghazal  practiced secondary burial of human crania, similar to other such deposits known at sites such as Jericho. A series of 32 anthropomorphic statues have been found in two deposits.

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Jeffrey Becker, ''Ain Ghazal: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2019 <> [accessed: 23 February 2024]

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