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Mesopotamian civilization : the material foundations

Author: Daniel T Potts
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The best way to achieve an understanding of the art, architecture, history, and literature of a great civilization such as Mesopotamia's, D.T. Potts believes, is through an analysis of its material infrastructure. Concentrating on Southern Mesopotamia and relying preponderantly on evidence from the third millennium B.C., Potts describes a civilization from the ground up. He creates an ethnography of ancient  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel T Potts
ISBN: 0801433398 9780801433399
OCLC Number: 35262365
Description: xx, 366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The country and its climate --
The aboriginal population of southern Mesopotamia --
Agriculture and diet --
Inedible natural resources --
Watercraft --
Pottery production --
Metal production --
Some Material correlates of religious life --
Kinship in an urban society --
Mortuary practices --
Functional aspects of writing and sealing --
East meets West --
West meets East --
Some reflections.
Responsibility: D.T. Potts.
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