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Byblos During the Chalcolithic Period

Badreshany, Kamal (2022) 'Byblos During the Chalcolithic Period.', in Byblos. Leiden: Sidestone Press.


Evidence for domestic settlement during the Chalcolithic is scant at Byblos, in contrast to the remarkable number of richly adorned jar burials attributed to the period (Artin, this volume). The Chalcolithic as defined by Levantine archaeologists is a period covering at least 800 years. We know structures, presumably representing domestic settlement, exist across the site, with the excavator (Maurice Dunand) recognising several phases. Due to the uneven quality of the excavations it is impossible to determine which structures were contemporary and which existed hundreds of years apart. Crucially, it is also difficult to understand the relationship of the burials to these structures (Artin 2010 and 2014; Dunand 1973). Still, the Chalcolithic represents an important transitional phase in the history of site, warranting an exploration of the available evidence from Byblos and the wider region.

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Date accepted:29 November 2021
Date deposited:29 November 2021
Date of first online publication:2022
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