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The Archaeology of Syria : From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early Urban Societies (c.16,000-300 BC) - Peter M. M. G. Akkermans

The Archaeology of Syria

From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early Urban Societies (c.16,000-300 BC)

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This is the first book to present a comprehensive review of the archaeology of Syria from the end of the Paleolithic period to 300 BC. Syria has become a prime focus of field archaeology in the Middle East in the past thirty years, and Peter Akkermans and Glenn Schwartz discuss the results of this intensive fieldwork, integrating them with earlier research. Alongside the major material culture types of each period, they examine important contributions of Syrian archaeology to issues like the onset of agriculture, the emergence of private property and social inequality, the rise and collapse of urban life, and the archaeology of early empires. All competing interpretations are set out and considered, alongside the authors' own perspectives and conclusions.

'The information is presented in clear, jargon-free prose ... the end result is a pleasure to read, as well as thought provoking.' Minerva '... highly welcomed by biblical scholars and archaeologists ... it covers an impressive wide range ... the biblical scholar cannot but be grateful to the authors for providing such a well-written overview of the cultural realm bordering the biblical world. Several state-of-the-art photographs, drawings, maps and charts round off this beautifully produced volume whose affordable price will ensure its widespread and well-deserved distribution.' Society for Old Testament Study '... a useful reference tool for professional archaeologists and an excellent introduction for students.' Antiquity

Introduction
Hunter-gatherers at the end of the Ice Age
A changing perspective: neolithic beginnings
The exploration of new horizons
Continuity and change in the late sixth and fifth millenium BC
The fourth millenium BC and the Uruk intrusion
Regionalization and local trajectories
The 'second urban revolution' and its aftermath
The regeneration of complex societies
Empires and internationalism
Iron age Syria
Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521792301
ISBN-10: 0521792304
Series: Cambridge World Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 486
Published: 9th February 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 1.06