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Carbon-14 analysis of charcoal
from a stone-lined pit
stratigraphically above the plaster
faces produced a date of 7100+80
B.C. ; the calibrated date is 8041±
65 B.C. (sample GrN-12965).
Thus, the plaster faces constitute
the earliest dated group of
anthropomorphic plaster sculpture
found in the Near East. (Web

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Periods of development (after Keffie Feldman) (external link)
Middle Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (MPPNB) 7,250-6,500 BCE
Late Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (LPPNB) 6,500-6,000 BCE
Pre-Pottery Neolithic C (PPNC) 6,000-5,500 BCE
Yarmoukian Pottery Neolithic 5,500-5,000 BCE
'Ain-Ghazal (Central Jordan)