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

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

ISBN-10:
0521792304
ISBN-13:
9780521792301
Pub. Date:
12/28/2010
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521792301
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: Cambridge World Archaeology Series
Pages: 486
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.06(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of figuresvi
Prefacexvii
1Introduction1
2Hunter-gatherers at the end of the Ice Age14
3A changing perspective: Neolithic beginnings42
4The exploration of new horizons99
5Continuity and change in the late sixth and fifth millennia BC154
6The fourth millennium BC and the Uruk intrusion181
7Regionalization and local trajectories211
8The "second urban revolution" and its aftermath233
9The regeneration of complex societies288
10Empires and internationalism327
11Iron Age Syria360
12Conclusions398
Bibliography403
Index458

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