mce logo

LABORATORY OF GROUND STONE TOOLS RESEARCH
Department of Archaeology I Faculty of Humanities I University of Haifa

Sha'ar HaGolan

Sha’ar HaGolan, while famous as the archetype Yarmukian site, also contains a Pre-Pottery Neolithic C phase. Architectural remains are absent, and the phase is characterized by the absence of pottery.The ground stone tools in this phase parallel the Pottery Neolithic remains, including primarily vessels, bowlets and perforated items alongside fewer grinding stones and spindle whorls. These were produced primarily from limestone and, less commonly, vesicular and non-vesicular basalt.

Relevant publications:

Rosenberg, D., and Garfinkel, Y. 2014. Sha’ar HaGolan 4. The Ground-Stone Industry: Stone Working at the Dawn of Pottery Production in the Southern Levant. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.