The Black Sea and the Early Civilizations of Europe, the Near East, and Asia

The Black Sea and the Early Civilizations of Europe, the Near East, and Asia

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The Black Sea lies at the junction of three major cultural areas: Europe, Central Asia and the Near East. It plays a crucial role in enduring discussions about the impact of complex Near Eastern societies on European societies, and the repercussions of early urbanization across Eurasia. This book presents the first comprehensive overview of the Black Sea region in the prehistoric period. It penetrates artificial boundaries imposed by traditions, politics and language to encompass both the European and Asiatic coasts and both Eastern European and Western scholarly literature. With a critical compilation and synthesis of archaeological data, this study situates the prehistoric Black Sea in a global historical context. By adopting the perspective of technology and innovation, it transcends a purely descriptive account of material culture and emphasizes society, human interaction, and engagement with the material world.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 404 pages
  • 185.42 x 254 x 35.56mm | 1,020.58g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 76 b/w illus. 8 maps 3 tables
  • 1107032199
  • 9781107032194
  • 2,018,788

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'This is the first comprehensive synthesis in the English language of the archaeological cultures surrounding the regions of the Black Sea ... Of exceptional interest are the relationships [drawn] between the different culture and regions ... Of outstanding significance is the evidence displaying the cultural interactions that bought the Caucasus, Anatolia, Iran, the Eurasian steppes, and Central Asia into patterns of cultural interaction throughout the Bronze Age ... Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.' C. C. Lamberg-Larkovsky, Choice

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Table of contents

1. Environment; 2. A framework of technology; 3. Eurasia: the Neolithic prologue; 4. The valley of the Lower Kuban; 5. The North Black Sea grassland; 6. The wetlands of the west Black Sea; 7. Unknown coasts: the Black Sea littoral of Anatolia; 8. Conclusions: the Black Sea and the outside world.

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About Mariya Ivanova

Mariya Ivanova is lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg and research fellow at the German Archaeological Institute. She has participated in field projects in Turkey and in southeast and central Europe. She is author of Fortified Settlements in the Balkans, in the Aegean and Western Anatolia, c.5000-2000 BC and has published articles in Prahistorische Zeitschrift, the Oxford Journal of Archaeology and Eurasia Antiqua.

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