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    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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    The Near East
    Archaeology in the "Cradle of Civilisation"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Keith Maisels
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 630 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415047425
    ISBN 10: 0415047420

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    B&T Approval Code: A17600000
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    LC classification: CC101.M628, CC101.M628 M35 1993
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    Thema V1.0: NK, NKD
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, 30 b&w photographs
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
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    Publication date
    14 April 1993
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    Review quote
    ." . . a useful overview of recent research in an undemanding form--rather more interesting for the student than the relentless pre-packaged textbooks prepared for the US market."-"Times Higher Education Supplement ..." a fascinating reconstruction of the evolutionary processes from the development of agriculture through the rise of the great Sumerian cities ... highly recommended."-"Religious Studies Review
    Table of contents
    List of figures, map, plates and tables Acknowldgements 1. Introduction 2. An artefactual basis for the past 3. Digging before excavation 4. Practical pioneers and theoretical problems 5. Harbingers in the levant 6. The land that two rivers made 7. The Ubadaidian inheritance 8. The household as enterprise 9. What we're getting to know an dwhat we need to do Notes Bibliography Index