The Archaeology of Syria: From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early Urban Societies (c.16,000-300 BC)

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Overview

This is the first book to present a comprehensive review of the archaeology of Syria from the end of the Paleolithic period to 300 BC. Syria has become a prime focus of field archaeology in the Middle East since the 1970s, and Peter Akkermans and Glenn Schwartz discuss the results of this intensive fieldwork, integrating them with earlier research. Alongside the major material culture types of each period, they examine important contributions of Syrian archaeology to issues like the onset of agriculture, the emergence of private property and social inequality, the rise and collapse of urban life, and the archaeology of early empires. Competing interpretations are set out and considered alongside the authors' own perspectives and conclusions.
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"The impressive scholarship of the authors has resulted in an updated presentation of published (and even unpublished) evidence. The authors have offered a precious tool to students and interested readers alike:the effort towards explanation is commendable and remains constant throughout the book, challenging the reader to check and elaborate them." American Journal of Archaeology, Nicoló Marchetti, Department of Archaeology, Universitá Di Bologna
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521796668
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Cambridge World Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

GLENN M. SCHWARTZ is Whiting Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

PETER M. M. G. AKKERMANS is Curator of the Department of Ancient Near East at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Hunter-gatherers at the end of the Ice Age 14
3 A changing perspective: Neolithic beginnings 42
4 The exploration of new horizons 99
5 Continuity and change in the late sixth and fifth millennia BC 154
6 The fourth millennium BC and the Uruk intrusion 181
7 Regionalization and local trajectories 211
8 The "second urban revolution" and its aftermath 233
9 The regeneration of complex societies 288
10 Empires and internationalism 327
11 Iron Age Syria 360
12 Conclusions 398
Bibliography 403
Index 458
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