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The Near East : Archaeology in the 'Cradle of Civilization'.

Author: Charles Keith Maisels
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2005. ©2005
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The transition from foraging, farming and the neolithic village to the city-state is a complex and fascinating period. Studies on the prehistory of the Near East by nineteenth and twentieth century pioneers in the field transformed archaeology through the creation of the 'Ages System' of Stone, Bronze and Iron. The Near East provides a developmental account of this period contextualised by discussion of the  Read more...
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Maisels, Charles Keith.
Near East : Archaeology in the 'Cradle of Civilization'.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2005
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Keith Maisels
ISBN: 9780203981481 0203981480
OCLC Number: 1048597407
Description: 1 online resource (228 pages)
Contents: Book Cover --
Half-Title --
Title --
Dedication --
Copyright --
Contents --
Figures, map, plates and tables --
Acknowledgements --
Glossary --
1 Introduction --
2 An artefactual basis for the past --
3 Digging before excavation --
4 Practical pioneers and theoretical problems --
5 Harbingers in the levant --
6 The land that two rivers made --
7 The Ubaidian inheritance --
8 The household as enterprise --
9 What we're getting to know and what we need to do --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.

Abstract:

The transition from foraging, farming and the neolithic village to the city-state is a complex and fascinating period. Studies on the prehistory of the Near East by nineteenth and twentieth century pioneers in the field transformed archaeology through the creation of the 'Ages System' of Stone, Bronze and Iron. The Near East provides a developmental account of this period contextualised by discussion of the emergence of archaeology as a discipline. The Near East details the causes and effects - enviromental, organizational, demographic and technological - of the world's first village farming cultures some eight thousand years ago. Charles Maisels explains how cities such as Uruk and Ur, Nippur and Kish formed as a result of geological factors and the role of key organizational features of Sumerian society in introducing the world's first script, system of calculation and literature.

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