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Neolithic Khirbet Kum
Khirbet Kum is a large site with a very substantial depth of deposit built up from the collapse of the buildings of what appears to have been a concentrated settlement. It was first excavated by Laurisson Ward in 1938 who made a collection of flints and plaster vessel fragments. It was rediscovered by Doctor and Misses Buccellati who surveyed the area in 1966. The site is a large mound about 25 metres high. A brief excavation was carried out there in 1967 in which it was discovered that the bottom 10.35 metres of deposit consisted of aceramic Neolithic with a further 4.85 metres of ceramic Neolithic above; remains of a later period of occupation were found in the top layers of the mound. The flint industry was composed of blade and flake tools. Pottery was abundant in the ceramic Neolithic layers. The ware had a buff finish with much straw temper although a few vessels had a flint chip and grit filler ...