The Near East
Archaeology in the "Cradle of Civilisation"
By (author) Charles Keith Maisels
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Near East by Charles Keith Maisels
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415047425
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Feb-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles Keith Maisels
Near East, Paperback (August 1998)
Charles Maisels follows the course of discovery of 'the land between the rivers' over more than a century, to our present conclusions - very different from the first discoveries.
Civilizations of the Old World, Hardback (August 1997)
Tracing the development of some of the earliest and key civilizations in history, Early Civilisations of the Old World explains how particular forms of social structure and cultural interaction developed from before the Neolithic period.
Emergence of Civilisation, Paperback (July 1993)» View all books by Charles Keith Maisels
A contribution to understanding the development of urban culture and social stratification in the Near East. It illuminates the changes in scale, complexity and hierarchy which accompany the development of civilization and draws conclusions about the processes of social evolution in general.
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