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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Publication details for Professor Graham Philip

Philip, G. & Bradbury, J.N. (2016). Settlement in the Upper Orontes Valley from the Neolithic to the Islamic Period: an instance of punctuated equilibrium. In Le fleuve rebelle. Géographie historique du moyen Oronte d'Elba à l'époque médiévale. Parayre, D. Beyrouth: Institut Français du Proche-Orient. 4: 377-396.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper seeks to outline the main developments in settlement organization in the
Orontes Valley around the modern city of Homs from the Neolithic through to the
Islamic period. Data drawn from ten seasons of fieldwork undertaken by the project
Settlement and Landscape Development in the Homs Region, Syria (1999-2009) are
used to delineate the main developments in settlement distribution and organization
in each of three contrasting landscape units. Settlement change over time in each
unit is considered in terms of its possible relationship to political and economic
developments at a wider regional scale.