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    DescriptionThe cities of West Africa's Middle Niger, only recently brought to the world's attention, make us rethink the 'whys' and the 'wheres' of ancient urbanism. The cities of the Middle Niger present the archaeologist with something of a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. Ancient Middle Niger explores the emergence of these cities in the first millennium B.C. and the evolution of their hinterlands from the perspective of the self-organized landscape. Cities appeared in a series of profound transforms to the human-land relations and this book illustrates how each transform was a leap in complexity. The book ends with an examination of certain critical moments in the emergence of other urban landscapes in Mesopotamia, along the Nile, and in northern China, through a Middle Niger lens. Highly-illustrated throughout, this work is a key text for all students of African archaeology and of comparative pre-industrial urbanism.


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    Title
    Ancient Middle Niger
    Subtitle
    Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roderick J. McIntosh
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 278
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 574 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521813006
    ISBN 10: 052181300X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFDR
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HF
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC subject category V2: GTB
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WAFRIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 41
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS001050
    DC22: 966.2601
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: DT360 .M384 2005
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    BIC subject category V2: 1HFDR
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    44 b/w illus. 17 maps 2 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    07 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Roderick J. McIntosh is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and visiting Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His recent publications include The Peoples of Middle Niger: Island of Gold (1998), The Way the Wind Blows: Climate, History, and Human Action (2000) and Geomorphology and Human Palaeoecology of the Mema, Mali (2005).
    Review quote
    "...an impressive, path-breaking explanation of the origin of urban settlements on the Middle Niger River, climaxed by a fascinating final chapter in which the author offers a comparative overview of the archaeology of urban landscapes in Mesopotamia, the Nile valley, and northern China." -David C. Conrad, Emeritus, SUNY Oswego, American Historical Review
    Table of contents
    1. Discovery; 2. Transformed landscapes; 3. Accommodation; 4. Excavation; 5. Surveying the hinterland; 6. Comparative urban landscapes.