Peter Darrel and Stuart Laidlaw, courtesy University of London, Institute of Archaelogy

ON THE COVER: Stumpy, wide-eyed statues may be stylized effigies of two real people who lived about 9,000 years ago at the Neolithic site of ‘Ain Ghazal in Jordan. Now conserved by specialists in London, the statues are made of plaster applied to a long-since-decayed twig and twine skeleton. Pictures of these preserved statues were first shown to an American audience at the recent Annual Meeting in Atlanta (see “1986 Annual Meeting”).