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During the new excavations of the Natufian site of Mallaha six AMS-dates have been analysed.1 The dates for the Late and Final Natufian (Layers: IB1; IB2) are consistent with the stratigraphy with GifA 70013 (10080- 9870 BCcal 68,2%) being slightly younger than the two other dates from the lower layer (sum: 10770-10430 BCcal 68,2%).

The date GifA 70014 (12240-12070 BCcal 68,2%) indicates a more precise range for the Early Natufian, which had been dated before only by conventional radiocarbon dates with very high standard deviations. Because of their high deviations these conventional radiocarbon dates (Ly 1600-1662) have not been calibrated for this analysis.

1) I am very grateful to Dr. Emeric Bannelier for advising us of the publication of the new AMS dates published by Valladas and Kalteneker (2007).

GifA 99091: 460 +/- 60 BP is clearly aberant, and GifA 70012 might indicate a more recent occupation of the site. Both dates are out of the range of the Natufian, and therefore have not been considered.

14C Dates

 Code  BP Dev. Δ13C Location material References
GifA 100400 10540 90 Niv. Ib2 (FIN) Bocquentin 2007:67
GifA 70012 8740 40 Niv. IB1, Structure 200 CH/B colletive sample Valladas, Kalteneker 2007
GifA 70013 10200 50 Niv. IB1, structure 230 CH/B colletive sample Valladas, Kalkeneker 2007
GifA 70014 12250 60 Locus 239 (burials 174-178). CH/B colletive sample Valladas, Kalkeneker 2007
GifA 99332 10530 100 Niv. Ib2 (FIN) Bocquentin 2007:67
Ly 1660 11590 540 Niv. IV House 131 CH Byrd 1994:218
Ly 1661 11740 570 Niv. III House 51 CH Byrd 1994:218
Ly 1662 11310 880 Niv. III- House 51 CH Byrd 1994:218



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