Saflulim: A late natufian base camp in the central negev highlands, israel

A. Nigel Goring-Morris, P. Goldberg, Y. Goren, U. Baruch, D. E. Bar-Yosef

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The limited excavations at Saflulim demonstrate that, together with Rosh Horesha, it functioned as some form of Negev Late Natufian residential basecamp or, more plausibly, aggregation site, with substantial and durable architectural features present. Together they represent a single site complex forming, by far, the largest Natufian (and indeed Epipalaeolithic) site documented in the Negev to date. Without doubt this is in large measure accounted for by the particular phytogeographic location of the site in the highest reaches of the central Negev Highlands during a period when environmental conditions were more favourable and a wider array of vegetal resources were available than at present. The recovered assemblages increase the data base for ongoing technological, typological, stylistic and functional comparative studies of the Late Natufian in the Negev. In particular they should provide some indications as to the degree of variability between different types of site in the various phytogeographic zones within the region. Though not entirely conclusive, the newly acquired data appear to bolster the likelihood that previously reported assemblages from the adjacent site of Rosh Horesha are at least partially mixed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-64
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science


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