Located in the upper Jordan Valley, the Natufian site of Eynan-Mallaha provides an unequalled stratigraphic sequence that allows us to follow, step by step, for nearly 2500 years, the early settlement process characteristic of the pre-Neolithic Near East. Completed in 2005 under the direction of F. Valla and H. Khalaily, the last campaigns revealed a very dense late occupation, never documented before. This current project of excavations under the direction of F. Bocquentin (CNRS, UMR8068) and L. Weissbrod (IAA) will focus on exploring the earlier levels, following the sector opened by J. Perrot in 1955. The aim of the 2022 campaign is to excavate at the base of shelter 26 (photo) in order to understand the anthropic context that preceded its construction, to carry out a study of the building and restoration of the elevations that are still in situ, to test a new excavation sector, and to start a programme for enhancing the site and its exceptional archives. This first campaign is financed by the ARPAMED Foundation, the Irene Sala Levi CARE Archaeological Foundation, the UMR8068 of the CNRS, the French Research Centre in Jerusalem; it has received the strong support of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and has benefited from the investment of some 30 scientists involved in the project.
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27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022