Ba'ja 2008: Summary on the Chipped Lithic Study Season

Christoph Purschwitz, Free University of Berlin


Ba'ja 2008: Summary on the Chipped Lithic Study Season
Primary and secondary production




The 8th season of investigations at LPPNB Ba'ja (project director: Hans Georg K. Gebel, in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and under the auspices of ex oriente e.V. at Free University of Berlin) was devoted to the study of the chipped lithics and bone industries of the site. The chipped lithics studies by Christoph Purschwitz were carried out 15th of May -15th of August 2008; during this period, Pia Nielsen of Copenhagen University extracted and preliminarily described the bone artifacts of the Ba'ja season for her M.A. project. For information concerning earlier research at the site as well as additional references cf. Gebel 2001a-b, 2004a-b, 2006; Gebel, Bienert et al. 1997; Gebel, Hermansen and Kinzel 2006; Gebel and Hermansen 2004; Bienert and Gebel 2004; Gebel and Kinzel 2007; and Purschwitz and Kinzel 2007.


As part of a MA thesis (Purschwitz 2009) the study season focused on the analysis of some 3500 chipped lithic artifacts, which had been excavated in 2007 in the room fills of the Buildings BI and BIII (Gebel and Kinzel 2007; Purschwitz and Kinzel 2007).1
The analysis of stratigraphy, findings and shows, that parts of the artifacts remained at the buildings at the abandonment ('abandonment inventory') while others entered the room fills through repeated acts of deliberate waste disposal (Purschwitz 2009). Concerning their chronological deposition, however, both collection date in the phase of the beginning abandonment of the LPPNB site of Ba'ja.
The primary objectives of the study season were the full metrical and technological record of all primary and secondary products (n=3549), the drawing of all secondary products (n=150) and the raw material classification of all chipped lithic artifacts from both buildings.

In the following a short summary on the key results of the analysis of primary and secondary products is presented.



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