Aceramic Neolithic

Pre-Pottery Neolithic
  • Edward Banning


The Aceramic Neolithic marks the beginnings of village life in Southwest Asia. Although plant and animal domestication are no longer claimed to be the hallmarks of this tradition, Aceramic Neolithic villages had many attributes of agricultural communities: large settlement size, substantial architecture, long settlement duration, intensive harvesting of seeds with sickles, equipment and facilities for storing and grinding seeds, and containers. Morphological evidence for domestication of plants comes only from Middle PPNB, and by Late PPNB some animals, notably goats, were domesticated or at least managed in most of the sites.


Wild Boar Lithic Assemblage Projectile Point House Floor Neolithic Settlement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Banning
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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