Other Archaeological Sites / The Neolithic of the Levant (500 Page Book Online)
Selected Excerpt on Mersin
Mersin was never excavated to the natural subsoil since the earliest deposit lay below the present water table. The lowest levels reached -- XXXIII to XXVII -- were designated Lower Neolithic by Garstang. A date of 6000 +/- 250 B.C. W-617 was obtained from a charcoal sample taken from one of these levels in 1955. This date should be of the right order of magnitude for such a deposit even though the determination was made so long ago. Above these levels were the Upper Neolithic levels XXVI and XXV. The settlements of these levels were occupied during approximately the same period as the Neolithic 3 North Syrian sites. It is possible that the Proto-Chalcolithic level XXIV and the Early Chalcolithic levels XXIII to XX were also contemporaneous with the latter part of Neolithic 3 ...