A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

Edited by D. T. Potts

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A comprehensive and authoritative overview of ancient material culture from the late Pleistocene to Late Antiquity * Features up-to-date surveys and the latest information from major new excavations such as Qatna (Syria), Gobekli Tepe (Turkey) * Includes a diverse range of perspectives by senior, mid-career and junior scholars in Europe, USA, Britain, Australia, and the Middle East for a truly international group * Includes major reviews of the origins of agriculture, animal domestication, and archaeological landscapes * Includes chapters dealing with periods after the coming of Alexander the Great, including studies of the Seleucid, Arsacid, Sasanian, Roman and Byzantine empires in the Near East, as well as early Christianity in both the Levant and Mesopotamia * Fills a gap in literature of the Ancient Near East, dealing with topics often overlooked, including ethical and legal issues in antiquities markets and international scholarship

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  • Hardback | 1500 pages
  • 180 x 254 x 76mm | 2,599.07g
  • 29 May 2012
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 1405189886
  • 9781405189880
  • 1,454,504

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D. T. Potts is the Edwin Cuthbert Hall Professor of Middle Eastern Archaeology at The University of Sydney. He is the author of The Archaeology of Elam (1999), Excavations at Tepe Yahya, Iran, 1967-1975, Volume III: The Third Millennium (2001), Mesopotamia, Iran and Arabia from the Seleucids to the Sasanians (2010) and founding editor of the journal Arabian Archaeology & Epigraphy.

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"A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East" is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of ancient material culture from the late Pleistocene to Late Antiquity. This expansive two-volume work includes sixty new essays from an international community of Ancient Near East scholars.With coverage extending from Asia Minor, the eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indo-Iranian borderlands, the book highlights the enormous variation in cultural developments across roughly 11,000 years of human endeavor. In addition to chapters devoted to specific regions and particular periods, a large number of chapters present individual industries and major themes in ancient Near Eastern archaeology, ranging from metallurgy and agriculture to irrigation and fishing. Controversial issues, including the nature and significance of the antiquities market, ethical considerations in archaeological praxis, the history of the foundation of departments of antiquities and ancient attitudes towards the past, make this a unique collection of studies that will be of interest to scholars, students and interested readers alike.

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