A human face carved on a pebble from the Late Natufian site of Nahal Ein Gev II

Leore Grosman*, Dana Shaham, Francesco Valletta, Itay Abadi, Hadas Goldgeier, Noa Klein, Laure Dubreuil, Natalie D. Munro

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Abstract

There is a paucity of Palaeolithic art in the southern Levant prior to 15 000 years ago. The Natufian culture (15 000-11 500 BP; Grosman 2013) marks a threshold in the magnitude and diversity of artistic manifestations (Bar-Yosef 1997). Nevertheless, depictions of the human form remain rare - only a few representations of the human face have been reported to date. This article presents a 12 000-year-old example unearthed at the Late Natufian site of Nahal Ein Gev II (NEGII), just east of the Sea of Galilee, Israel (Figure 1). The object provides a glimpse into Natufian conventions of human representation, and opens a rare opportunity for deeper understanding of the Natufian symbolic system.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAntiquity
Volume91
Issue number358
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017

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