A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

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A comprehensive and authoritative overview of ancient material culture from the late Pleistocene to Late Antiquity
  • Features up-to-date surveys and the latest information from major new excavations such as Qatna (Syria), Göbekli Tepe (Turkey)
  • Includes a diverse range of perspectives by senior, mid-career and junior scholars in Europe, USA, Britain, Australia, and the Middle ...
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Overview

A comprehensive and authoritative overview of ancient material culture from the late Pleistocene to Late Antiquity
  • Features up-to-date surveys and the latest information from major new excavations such as Qatna (Syria), Göbekli Tepe (Turkey)
  • Includes a diverse range of perspectives by senior, mid-career and junior scholars in Europe, USA, Britain, Australia, and the Middle East for a truly international group
  • Includes major reviews of the origins of agriculture, animal domestication, and archaeological landscapes
  • Includes chapters dealing with periods after the coming of Alexander the Great, including studies of the Seleucid, Arsacid, Sasanian, Roman and Byzantine empires in the Near East, as well as early Christianity in both the Levant and Mesopotamia
  • Fills a gap in literature of the Ancient Near East, dealing with topics often overlooked, including ethical and legal issues in antiquities markets and international scholarship
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D. T. Potts is the Edwin Cuthbert Hall Professor of Middle Eastern Archaeology at The University of Sydney. He is the author of The Archaeology of Elam (1999), Excavations at Tepe Yahya, Iran, 1967-1975, Volume III: The Third Millennium (2001), Mesopotamia, Iran and Arabia from the Seleucids to the Sasanians (2010) and founding editor of the journal Arabian Archaeology & Epigraphy.
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Table of Contents

VOLUME I

List of illustrations

List of tables

Notes on Contributors

Preface

Abbreviations

Maps

Part I: The framework

1 Introduction to the geography, climate, topography and hydrology of the ancient Near East: T.J. Wilkinson

2 Antiquarianism, copying, collecting: Mark B. Garrison

3 Early excavations (pre-1914) in the Near East: Nicole Chevalier

4 The foundations of antiquities departments: Peter Magee

5 The political dimension of archaeological practices: The case of the “Ancient Near East”: Reinhard Bernbeck

6 The antiquities trade and the destruction of ancient Near Eastern cultures: Oscar White Muscarella

Part II: Late Pleistocene and early Holocene hunters and gatherers

7 Late Pleistocene and early Holocene hunters and gatherers: The Levant: Alan H. Simmons

8 Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene hunters and gatherers: Anatolia: Klaus Schmidt

Part III: Developments in farming, animal husbandry and technology

9 The beginnings of cereal cultivation and domestication in southwest Asia: George Willcox

10 Fruit-growing in the ancient Near East: Margareta Tengberg

11 Animals in the ancient world: Benjamin S. Arbuckle

12 Fish and fishing in the ancient Near East: D.T. Potts

13 Lithic industries in the Near East during the Holocene period: Steven A. Rosen

14 Irrigation: Ariel M. Bagg

15 Ceramic production: Cameron A. Petrie

16 Metallurgy: Lloyd Weeks

17 Glass: Wendy Reade

18 Textiles in the ancient Near East: Irene Good

19 The watercraft of the ancient Near East: R.A. Carter

Part IV: Varieties of early village and town life

20 Varieties of early village and town life: The Northern Levant: Karin Bartl

21 Varieties of early village and town life: The Southern Levant: E.B. Banning

22 Varieties of early village and town life: Northern Mesopotamia: Stuart Campbell

23 The late Epipalaeolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic of the Anatolian Platteau, 13,000-4000 BC: Douglas Baird

24 Early village and town life in southern Mesopotamia: Joan Oates

25 Varieties of early village and town life: The Arabian peninsula: Philipp Drechsler

26 Varieties of early village and town life: The Iranian plateau: Barbara Helwing

27 Varieties of early village and town life: Southwestern Iran: Abbas Moghaddam

VOLUME II

List of illustrations

List of tables

Maps

Part V: Bronze Age cities of the plains and the highlands

28 Bronze Age cities of southern Mesopotamia: Jason Ur

29 Bronze Age cities of northern Mesopotamia: Timothy Matney

30 Bronze Age cities on the Anatolian plateau: Christoph Bachhuber

31 Bronze Age cities of Iran: Christopher P. Thornton

32 Bronze Age cities of the Northern Levant: Hermann Genz

33 Bronze Age cities of the Southern Levant: Timothy P. Harrison

Part VI: The archaeology of empire

34 The Akkadian period: Empire, environment and imagination: Augusta McMahon

35 The Caucasus and the Near East: Adam T. Smith

36 Central Asia, the steppe and the Near East, 2500-1500 BC: Michael D. Frachetti and Lynne M. Rouse

37 The Ur III, Old Babylonian and Kassite Empires: Marlies Heinz

38 The Hittite Empire: Trevor Bryce

39 Elam: Iran’s first empire: Javier Álvarez-Mon

40 India’s relations with western empires (2300-600 BC): Gregory L. Possehl

41 Levantine kingdoms of the Late Bronze Age: Peter Pfälzner

42 Neo-Hittite and Phrygian kingdoms of North Syria and Anatolia: Ann C. Gunter

43 North Arabian kingdoms: Arnulf Hausleiter

44 Egypt and the Near East: Thomas Hikade

45 The Assyrian heartland: Friedhelm Pedde

46 The Assyrians abroad: Bradley J. Parker

47 The Urartian Empire: Alina Ayvazian

48 Iron Age western Anatolia: The Lydian Empire and Dynastic Lycia: Christopher H. Roosevelt

49 The Neo-Babylonian Empire: Heather D. Baker

50 The Achaemenid heartland: An archaeological-historical perspective: Wouter F.M. Henkelman

51 The Achaemenid provinces in archaeological perspective: Lori Khatchadourian

52 The Seleucid Kingdom: Lise Hannestad

53 The Arsacid (Parthian) Empire: Stefan R. Hauser

54 Roman rule in the Near East: Bettina Fischer-Genz

55 The Red Sea and Indian Ocean in the age of the great empires: Steven E. Sidebotham

56 Byzantium in Asia Minor and the Levant: Basema Hamarneh

57 The Sasanian Empire: An archaeological survey (c. 220-640 AD): Ali Mousavi and Touraj Daryaee

58 Christianity in the Late Antique Near East: Cornelia Horn and Erica C.D. Hunter

Bibliography

Index

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