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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religion & Culture / Religious Studies


Faculty of Arts

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Not applicable

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Since World War I the Palaeolithic industries of Palestine have been the subject of a considerable amount of investigation and discussion. The results of this work have been made available to scholars of the Ancient Near East primarily in isolated journal articles or publications of single sites. The present writer intends, therefore, to present an account of those Palaeolithic industries in which this data is collected, systematized and interpreted in such a way that scholars working in this area of Near Eastern studies may have at their disposal a foundation which is readily meaningful and broadly factual.

This foundation is divided into four major section. In chapter I the history of studies in thsi field is reviewed so that our intentions may be set within this perspective. Chapter II introduces us to the information which is crucial to the development of a chronology and typology for this period. The typology is set forth statistically and then it is explained much more fully in Chapter III. With the construction of the chart in Chapter II outlining the Palaeolithic typology,a nd with its detailed explanation in Chapter III we concentrate most keenly on the synthesis of this data which has not been widely available to scholars. Finally, in Chapter IV we go beyond the tools to look at the men who made them. Our emphasis is on the implications of these tools in understanding the tool-makers.

Inasmuch as there are many terms and related concepts which are not used widely outside of the study of prehistory, we have included in the text many figures, and we have attached a glossary of terms at the end of this work.

The final chapter is intended to point the way to further research arising out of the work which we have presented.

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