Sumer and the Sumerians

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 16, 2004 - History - 252 pages
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Mesopotamia produced one of the best-known ancient civilizations, with a literate, urban culture and highly-developed political institutions. In this fully revised and expanded edition of her classic text, Sumer and the Sumerians, Harriet Crawford reviews the extraordinary social and technological developments in the region over a period of two millennia, from 3800 to 2000 BC. Drawing on the most up-to-date historical and archaeological sources, she describes the physical environment and discusses architecture, trade and industry, the development of writing, and changes in social and political structures.
 

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The book did not hold my attention & I stopped reading after approx. 50 pages. It seems that it is not a book for a lay-person who wants to know the history and world outlook of the Sumerians. It ... Read full review

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Should be read by HIstory lovers.

Contents

History chronology and social organisation
16
Patterns of settlement and agriculture
37
Town planning and temple architecture
60
Public buildings and private housing
89
Upper Mesopotamia
115
Life death and the meaning of the universe
135
Manufacturing industries
158
Trade
177
Writing and the arts
193
the development of Sumerian society
214
Index
234
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Harriet Crawford is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute, Cambridge. She has excavated extensively in Iraq and the Gulf. Her previous publications include The Architecture of Iraq in the Third Millenium BC (1977) and Dilmun and its Gulf Neighbours (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

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