- The paper, restricted to the Coastal Plain of Israel, presents a reconstruction of settlement history in this region emphasizing continuity albeit the meagre data available. The region is shortly described geographically and the data concerning the chronostratigraphy of the 6th-5lh mill. B.C. sites presented including available C-14 dates (uncalibrated). Aspects of site nature, economy, lithics, burial and art objects are summarised. A reconstruction of the coastal plain sequence including an early PPNC unit followed by the Yarmukian, Lodian (Jericho IX) and the Wadi Raba cultures, is offered. This is integrated into the wider framework of the southern Levant during the 6th-5th millennia B.C.