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The Near East : Archaeology in the 'Cradle of Civilization' - Charles Keith Maisels

The Near East

Archaeology in the 'Cradle of Civilization'

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Published: 14th April 1993
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The transition from foraging, farming and the neolithic village to the city-state is a complex and fascinating period. Studies on the prehistory of the Near East by nineteenth and twentieth century pioneers in the field transformed archaeology through the creation of the 'Ages System' of Stone, Bronze and Iron. The Near East provides a developmental account of this period contextualised by discussion of the emergence of archaeology as a discipline.
The Near East details the causes and effects - enviromental, organizational, demographic and technological - of the world's first village farming cultures some eight thousand years ago. Charles Maisels explains how cities such as Uruk and Ur, Nippur and Kish formed as a result of geological factors and the role of key organizational features of Sumerian society in introducing the world's first script, system of calculation and literature.

." . . a useful overview of recent research in an undemanding form--rather more interesting for the student than the relentless pre-packaged textbooks prepared for the US market." -"Times Higher Education Supplement ..." a fascinating reconstruction of the evolutionary processes from the development of agriculture through the rise of the great Sumerian cities ... highly recommended." -"Religious Studies Review

List of figures, map, plates and tables
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
An Artefactual Basis for the Pastp. 6
Digging Before Excavationp. 30
Practical Pioneers and Theoretical Problemsp. 51
Harbingers in the Levantp. 71
The Land that Two Rivers Madep. 103
The Ubaidian Inheritancep. 142
The Household as Enterprisep. 171
What We're Getting to Know and What We Need to Dop. 192
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 214
Indexp. 228
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ISBN: 9780415047425
ISBN-10: 0415047420
Series: Social Ethics and Policy Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 14th April 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 16.69  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1