Ancient Middle Niger: Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape

Ancient Middle Niger: Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape

by Roderick J. McIntosh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521012430

ISBN-13: 9780521012430

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The cities of West Africa's Middle Niger, only recently brought to the world's attention, make us rethink the 'whys' and the 'wheres' of ancient urbanism. The cities of the Middle Niger present the archaeologist with something of a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. Ancient Middle Niger explores the emergence of…  See more details below

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The cities of West Africa's Middle Niger, only recently brought to the world's attention, make us rethink the 'whys' and the 'wheres' of ancient urbanism. The cities of the Middle Niger present the archaeologist with something of a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. Ancient Middle Niger explores the emergence of these cities in the first millennium BC and the evolution of their hinterlands from the perspective of the self-organized landscape. Cities appeared in a series of profound transforms to the human-land relations and this book illustrates how each transform was a leap in complexity. The book ends with an examination of certain critical moments in the emergence of other urban landscapes in Mesopotamia, along the Nile, and in northern China, through a Middle Niger lens. Highly-illustrated throughout, this work is a key text for all students of African archaeology and of comparative pre-industrial urbanism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521012430
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Series:
Case Studies in Early Societies Series, #7
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
876,669
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1Discovery1
2Transformed landscapes45
3Accommodation101
4Excavation144
5Surveying the hinterland192
6Comparative urban landscapes209

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