For the early history and archaeology of the Southern Negev see Uzi Avner, Israel Carmi and Dror Segal, “Neolithic to Bronze Age Settlement of the Negev and Sinai in Light of Radiocarbon Dating: A View from the Southern Region,” in Renee Kra and Ofer Bar-Yosef, eds., Late Quaternary Chronology and Paleoclimates of the Eastern Mediterranean (Tucson, AZ: Radiocarbon, 1994), pp. 256–300. For the early agriculture in the Southern Negev see Avner, “Settlement, Agriculture, and Paleoclimate in Uvda Valley, Southern Negev Desert, 6th to 3rd Millennia B.C.” in Arieh Issar and Neville Brown, eds., Water, Environment and Society in Times of Climate Change (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1998), pp. 147–202. For other cult sites in the desert see Avner, “Ancient Cult Sites in the Negev and Sinai Deserts,” Tel Aviv (1984).