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The Archaeology of Elam: Formation and Transformation of an Ancient Iranian State
     

The Archaeology of Elam: Formation and Transformation of an Ancient Iranian State

by D. T. Potts, Norman Yoffee (Editor)
 

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Elam was an important state in southwestern Iran from the third millennium BC to the appearance of the Persian Empire and beyond. Less well-known than its neighbors in Mesopotamia, Anatolia, the Levant or Egypt, it was nonetheless a region of extraordinary cultural vitality. This book examines the formation and transformation of Elam's many identities through both

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Elam was an important state in southwestern Iran from the third millennium BC to the appearance of the Persian Empire and beyond. Less well-known than its neighbors in Mesopotamia, Anatolia, the Levant or Egypt, it was nonetheless a region of extraordinary cultural vitality. This book examines the formation and transformation of Elam's many identities through both archaeological and written evidence, and brings to life one of the most important regions of Western Asia, re-evaluates its significance, and places it in the context of the most recent archaeological and historical scholarship. The new edition includes material from over 800 additional sources, reflecting the enormous amount of fieldwork and scholarship on Iran since 1999. Every chapter contains new insights and material that have been seamlessly integrated into the text in order to give the reader an up-to-date understanding of ancient Elam.

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Alan D. Hammond
An excellent and exhaustively documented book...[brings] history, archaeology and ethnogenesis together, and his concluding interaction across the shifting mosaic of southwest Asian polities through the millennia, epitomizes Henri Berr's "terrible craving for synthesis," and finally satisfies both himself and us.
The Times Literary Supplement
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"...a very valuable study." Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521563581
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/29/1999
Series:
World Archaeology Series
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

D. T. Potts is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. He is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran (2013) and the author of Nomadism in Iran: From Antiquity to the Modern Era (2014), as well as numerous other books and articles in scholarly journals.

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