Archaeology of Mesopotamia: Theories and Approaches / Edition 1

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Overview

In this study Roger Matthews looks at the origin and development of Mesopotamian archaeology from the early Imperialists and Eurocentric explorations of the Victorians, through to the evolution of a modern scientific discipline. The introduction outlines the history of archaeological research and its techniques, reflecting on the work of major figures such as Leonard Woolley and Seton Lloyd, setting the background for more thematic, case-study based chapters. The latter focus on four major themes within Mesopotamian archaeology: the shift from hunting to farming; the development of complex societies; empires and imperialism; and everyday life. A useful guide and introduction to the theory and method of Mesopotamian archaeology.
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'Extremely erudite, literate and considered... [R. Matthews is] an essayist of considerable talent... [A] sophisticated, knowledgeable and eminently readable voice... It is a refreshing work and one which all of us concerned with ancient Mesopotamia may consult with profit.' - Ancient West and East
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415253178
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/21/2003
  • Series: Approaching the Ancient World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Defining a discipline: Mesopotamian archaeology in history 1
2 Tools of the trade: scope and methods of Mesopotamian archaeology 27
3 Tracking a transition: hunters becoming farmers 67
4 States of mind: approaching complexity 93
5 Archaeologies of empire 127
6 People's pasts 155
7 Futures of the Mesopotamian past 189
Bibliography 205
Index 231
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