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From the Mesolithic to the Chalcolithic in the South Caucasus: New data from the Bavra Ablari rock shelter

Published inContext and Connection: Essays on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honour of Antonio Sagona, Editors Batmaz A., Bedianashvili G., Michalewicz A., Robinson A.
PublisherLeuven : Peeters
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  • Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta
Publication date2017
Abstract

The site of Bavra-Ablari is a Mesolithic-Chalcolithic rock shelter, located on the Javakheti plateau in the valley of a tributary of the Kura River, in southern Georgia. Excavations have been carried out by a Georgian-French team since 2012 and have shed light on processes that took place during the Early Holocene. The Mesolithic layer of the site shows an occupation, not yet fully excavated, which will provide important chrono-cultural information about the exploitation of the mountainous areas during the ninth millennium BCE. The Neolithic occupation chronologically matches the first evidence of agricultural society in the Near East during the sixth millennium BCE, and is characterised by a combination of Neolithic and Mesolithic features. The Chalcolithic layer produced a significant collection of material that supports a re-occupation of the highlands during the fifth millennium, as well as the development of subsistence strategies adapted to this environment.

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VAROUTSIKOS, Bastien et al. From the Mesolithic to the Chalcolithic in the South Caucasus: New data from the Bavra Ablari rock shelter. In: Context and Connection: Essays on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honour of Antonio Sagona. Leuven : Peeters, 2017. (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta)
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  • PID : unige:91771
ISBN978-90-429-3403
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