Ancient Middle Niger: Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape

Ancient Middle Niger: Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape

by Roderick J. McIntosh
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052181300X

ISBN-13: 9780521813006

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. They present the archaeologist with a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. This book explores the emergence of these cities in the first millennium B.C. and the

Overview

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. They present the archaeologist with a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. This book explores the emergence of these cities in the first millennium B.C. 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 marked a leap in complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521813006
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Series:
Case Studies in Early Societies Series , #7
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. Discovery; 2. Transformed landscapes; 3. Accommodation; 4. Excavation; 5. Surveying the hinterland; 6. Comparative urban landscapes.

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