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How the Hollow Ways got their form and kept them: 5000 years of Hollow Ways at Tell al-Hawa

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The story of the hollow ways in the North Jazira began more than 5000 years ago, when the collective footprints of people walking to and from their fields, leading their animals to pasture, and travelling between sites became so numerous that they wore away the earth and left paths still visible today. This paper reviews the potential cultural and physical processes behind the formation of hollow ways in the North Jazira, and asks to what extent formation studies may be biased by differential preservation. Whilst taphonomic processes affect all sites and features, recent landscape developments have been particularly destructive to archaeological remains. Despite this, thousands of hollow ways remain, but the reasons why they are preserved have never been examined. In short, this paper explores how the hollow ways got their form and kept them. Background to th

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Author(s): De Gruchy M, Cunliffe E

Editor(s): Lawrence D; Altaweel M; Philip G

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: New Agendas in Remote Sensing and Landscape Archaeology in the Near East: Studies in Honor of T.J. Wilkinson

Year: 2020

Pages: 124-143

Print publication date: 24/08/2020

Online publication date: 24/08/2020

Acceptance date: 01/01/2014

Publisher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd

Place Published: Oxford


Notes: Epublication ISBN 9781789695748

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ISBN: 9781789695731