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ASPRO chronology

The ASPRO chronology is a nine-period dating system of the ancient Near East used by the Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée for archaeological sites aged between 14,000 and 5,700 BP.[1]

ASPRO stands for the "Atlas des sites du Proche-Orient" (Atlas of Near East archaeological sites), a French publication pioneered by Francis Hours and developed by other scholars such as Olivier Aurenche.

The periods, cultures, features and date ranges of the ASPRO chronology are shown below:

ASPRO Period Names Dates
Period 1 Natufian, Zarzian final 12,000 - 10,300 BP or 12,000 - 10,200 cal. BCE
Period 2 Protoneolithic, Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA), Khiamian, Sultanian, Harifian 10,300 - 9,600 BP or 10,200 - 8800 cal. BCE
Period 3 Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB), PPNB ancien 9,600 - 8,000 BP or 8800 - 7600 cal. BCE
Period 4 Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB), PPNB moyen 8,000 - 8,600 BP or 7600 - 6900 cal. BCE
Period 5 Dark Faced Burnished Ware (DFBW), Çatal Hüyük, Umm Dabaghiyah, Sotto, Proto-Hassuna, Ubaid 0 8,000 - 7,600 BP or 6900 - 6400 cal. BCE
Period 6 Hassuna, Samarra, Halaf, Ubaid 1 7,600 - 7,000 BP or 6400 - 5800 cal. BCE
Period 7 Pottery Neolithic A (PNA), Halaf final, Ubaid 2 7,000 - 6,500 BP or 5800 - 5400 cal. BCE
Period 8 Pottery Neolithic B (PNB), Ubaid 3 6,500 - 6,100 BP or 5400 - 5000 cal. BCE
Period 9 Ubaid 4 6,100 - 5,700 BP or 5000 - 4500 cal. BCE

See also


  1. ^ Francis Hours (1994). Atlas des sites du proche orient (14000 - 5700 BP). Maison de l'Orient méditerranéen.  

External links

  • Website of MOM
  • Atlas des sites Prochaine-Orient 14000 et 5700 BP - MOM's online application - Atlas of Near East Archaeological Sites 14000 to 5700 BP
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