The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia

The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia : Adaptation and Social Formation from the Neolithic to the Iron Age

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Encompassing a landmass greater than the rest of the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean combined, the Arabian peninsula remains one of the last great unexplored regions of the ancient world. This book provides the first extensive coverage of the archaeology of this region from c.9000 to 800 BC. Peter Magee argues that a unique social system, which relied on social cohesion and actively resisted the hierarchical structures of adjacent states, emerged during the Neolithic and continued to contour society for millennia later. The book also focuses on how the historical context in which Near Eastern archaeology was codified has led to a skewed understanding of the multiplicity of lifeways pursued by ancient peoples living throughout the Middle East.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 97 b/w illus. 21 maps
  • 1139989316
  • 9781139989312

Table of contents

1. Arabia and the study of the ancient Near East; 2. Ecological and environmental diversity in Arabia; 3. The formation of Arabian society: 7000 to 3000 BC; 4. Eastern Arabia from 3000 to 2000 BC; 5. The Bronze Age in western Arabia; 6. Eastern Arabia from 2000 to 1300 BC; 7. Humans, dromedaries, and the transformation of ancient Arabia; 8. Intensification and consolidation: Arabia from 1300 to 800 BC; 9. Expansion and engagement: Arabia and the ancient Near East; 10. Adaptation and social formation in ancient Arabia.
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'... it will be difficult to find a more comprehensive book on the topic, combining the presentation of the latest research with stimulating and prospective thoughts.' Antiquity 'Magee's book sheds light on the various topics of current debate; moreover, the author proposes a personal vision grounded in his own research and in sustained and objective analysis of the findings of other research groups ... [A] courageous and quite successful attempt at a synthesis of the archaeology of Arabia.' Bulletin de la Societe prehistorique francaise 'Part of the Cambridge World Archaeology series, this useful book aims to provide a definitive overview of the social formation of Arabia from the Neolithic to the Iron Age (7000 BC to 800 BC) for professional archaeologists and students.' David Millar, World Archaeology Magazine
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About Peter Magee

Peter Magee is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. He has excavated widely in the Middle East and South Asia, most notably in the United Arab Emirates at the sites of Muweilah and Tell Abraq, since 1994. He also co-directed the excavations at Akra in northwest Pakistan from 1997 to 2001. He has published extensively on the archaeology of Iron Age Arabia, Iran and South Asia. He is author of Excavations at Tepe Yahya, Iran 1967-1975: The Iron Age Settlement (2004).
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