This is an in-depth treatment of the antecedents and first flourescence of early state and urban societies in lowland Mesopotamia over nearly three millennia, from approximately 5000 to 2100 BC. The approach is explicitly anthropological, drawing on contemporary theoretical perspectives to enrich our understanding of the ancient Mesopotamian past. It explores the ways people of different genders and classes contributed and responded to political, economic, and ideological changes. The interpretations are based on studies of regional settlement patterns, faunal remains, artifact distributions and activity patterning, iconography, texts and burials.
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Review: Ancient MesopotamiaUser Review - Jonathan Diaz(2nd - Goodreads
This is a book about the ancient civilization Mesopotamia. This book is about how people in that era used things such as rivers to grow plants and to lure animals to then kill and consume. Read full review
Review: Ancient MesopotamiaUser Review - Shauna - Goodreads
This is the only book I know of that takes a systems theory approach to ancient Mesopotamia. Contrary to one of the other GoodReads reviewers, I did not find this book dry at all, but fascinating. It ... Read full review