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Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology
of Eurasia

43 (3) 2015




On the Problem of Human Sacrifi ce in Northern Mesopotamia in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic

T.V. Kornienko.

Paleoanthropological materials, along with the art and architectural evidence, are analyzed. Data on the general trend of ritual practices in Northern Mesopotamia and adjacent regions of the Fertile Crescent area in the period of transition to the sedentary way of life, and the new subsistence strategies in the Early Holocene, are considered. Ethnographic data on the stadially related cultures are used as supplemental material.

Keywords: Epipaleolithic, Pre-Pottery Neolithic, Northern Mesopotamia, Levant, Fertile Crescent area, cult practices, human sacrifi ce.