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BURNT LIME PRODUCTS AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS IN THE PRE-POTTERY NEOLITHIC B VILLAGES OF THE NEAR EAST

Yosef GARFINKEL
Paléorient
Vol. 13, No. 1 (1987), pp. 69-76
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41492234
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BURNT LIME PRODUCTS AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS IN THE PRE-POTTERY NEOLITHIC B VILLAGES OF THE NEAR EAST
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Abstract

The widespread use of burnt lime products in the Neolithic villages of the Near East in the seventh millennium B.C. is documented from many sites. In order to overcome the chemical and technological obstacles of producing lime, the cooperation of several people is required. The quantitative distribution of burnt lime products between different buildings in the same village can, therefore, reflect social and economic complexities of the community inhabiting it. L'abondante utilisation de plâtre fabriqué à base de chaux dans les villages néolithiques du Proche-Orient au septième millénaire avant J.-C. est bien attestée sur de nombreux sites. Pour produire ce plâtre, la coopération de plusieurs individus s'avère nécessaire afin de surmonter des problèmes d'ordre technique ou d'origine chimique. L'appréciation de la quantité de plâtre utilisée dans diverses constructions d'un même village pourrait aider à appréhender certains degrés de complexité au niveau social ou économique de la communauté.

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