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date: 17 April 2021

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This articlefocuses on the situation and major developments in northern Levant during the Neolithic Period. It examines the nature and scale of settlement in Syria and Lebanon during the Neolithicand their implications for occupation in other parts of the Levant.Throughout the Neolithic,a number of sizeable settlement mounds were scattered over the landscape and there was a steady movement of communities. The evidence for any form of explicit social segmentation or institutionalised hierarchies in the Neolithic communities is equivocal at best.

Keywords: Northern Levant, Neolithic Period, settlement mounds, Syria, Lebanon, movement of communities, social segmentation, institutionalised hierarchies

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