Ancient Building in South Syria and Palestine by G. R. H Wright

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Ras Shamra) and Anatolia (Hacilar and Chattal Hiiyiik). This period called Prepottery Neolithic B is marked by a very definite change in building form (from predominantly curvilinear to predominantly rectangular) but in general the two pre-pottery cultures appear reasonably akin and the transition seems organic. Having appeared as a leader and sharer in the mainstream of human progress the Syro- 12 Bo URBAN DEVELOPMENT 45"47 '5 Palestinian area next passes into eclipse as a peripheral region. Pottery and metal working both develop in the north-in Anatolia and the northern foothills of the fertile crescent.

At Ras Shamra and Byblos) that substantial buildings are found associated with the earliest pottery. In Palestine excavators speak of "pit dwellings"! However in the second half of the fifth millennium when the centre of the ancient world moved to Southern Mesopotamia (Al Ubaid culture) Palestine was redeveloped. The site of Tuleilat el Ghassul (near Jericho) appears to have been a sizeable settlement of say 7ooo inhabitants living in large and solid rectangular houses. And during the fourth millennium Palestine in all essential respects; economic, racial and linguistic was taking on its modern historical character-viz.

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