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

HaGoshrim

HaGoshrim is located in the Hula Valley. The Wadi Rabah remains are extensive, including artifacts that suggest connections with the northern Levant, such as obsidian and stamp seals. The ground stone tools assemblage is diverse including primarily lower and upper grinding stones made of basalt and sandstones as well as vessels made of compact basalt and limestone. In addition, several chlorite vessels were identified. The closest chlorite raw material sources are in northern Syria, Anatolia and Cyprus, again suggesting probable connections with the northern Levant. The vessels, including both basalt and chlorite examples, are occasionally pedestalled, reflecting a typical Wadi Rabah form. Several bowlets, pestles, grooved items, perforated items, maceheads, slingstones and flaked discs were also recovered.

Relevant publications:

Rosenberg, D., Getzov, N., and Assaf, N. 2010. New light on long-distance ties in the Late Neolithic/Early Chalcolithic Near East. Current Anthropology 51(2): 281–293.