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The Archaeology of Syria

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

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  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796668

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  • This book is the first comprehensive presentation of the archaeology of Syria from the end of the Paleolithic period to 300 BC. Although Syria has been the focus of intensive excavations for decades, no large-scale review of the results of these excavations has ever appeared until now. Syria is one of the prime areas of excavation and archaeological field work in the Middle East, and Peter Akkermans and Glenn Schwartz outline the many important finds yielded by Syria, before providing their own perspectives and conclusions.

    • Uniquely comprehensive review of the archaeology of Syria before 300 BC
    • Coverage of all the latest developments in excavation and field work in the area
    • Detailed but accessible discussion of all competing interpretations as well as the authors' own perspectives and conclusions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The impressive scholarship of the authors has resulted in an updated presentation of published (and even unpublished) evidence.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

    • Date Published: February 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521796668
    • length: 486 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 167 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 191 b/w illus. 13 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Hunter-gatherers at the end of the Ice Age
    3. A changing perspective: neolithic beginnings
    4. The exploration of new horizons
    5. Continuity and change in the late sixth and fifth millenium BC
    6. The fourth millenium BC and the Uruk intrusion
    7. Regionalization and local trajectories
    8. The 'second urban revolution' and its aftermath
    9. The regeneration of complex societies
    10. Empires and internationalism
    11. Iron age Syria
    12. Conclusions.

  • Authors

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

    Glenn M. Schwartz, The Johns Hopkins University
    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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