The earliest transverse grooved stones of Eurasia: Near Eastern distribution, types and chronology
Transverse grooved stones (non-abrasive “grooved stones”) make their appearance at Epipalaeolithic sites in south-western Asia from where they spread to northern Africa, southern Europe and northern Eurasia. The extent of the spread of these artefacts, in the hundreds, explains the interest of the timeframe, provenance and cultural context of this artefact. This study pays attention also to their petrography, decoration and morphology that together appear to designate three areas of concentration in the Near East: the Levant, Zagros, Central Anatolia and Upper Mesopotamia.
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