Moving Inland
Göbekli Tepe
     From Nomad to Settler
Natufians
Tell es-Sultan
Çatal Hoyuk
Ain Ghazal
     Drawing a Parallel

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  Settlement

From Nomad to Settler: Ain Ghaza

Ain Ghazal figure with two heads  Ain Ghazal burial

These images come from Invoking the Spirit: Prehistoric Religion at Ain Ghazal by Gary O. Rollefson, 1998. "We learn about the inhabitants’ religious or spiritual concerns from figurines and from burials. Among the most intriguing finds from this period are more than 200 figurines, about 2.5 inches in length and made of clay or plaster. ... The more than 30 human figurines we recovered had several peculiarities. Almost none had both head and body; there were either bodiless heads or headless bodies. This practice is attested not only at Ain Ghazal but also at other sites in the southern Levant. " Read the entire article.

Another web site with Ain Ghazal pictures and descriptions is Preserving Ancient Statues from Jordan, an exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 28 July 1996 -- 6 April 1997. Visit the web site.