A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

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D.T. Potts
John Wiley & Sons, May 21, 2012 - Social Science - 1494 pages
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), Göbekli 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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Contents

and Hydrology
3
Antiquarianism Copying Collecting
27
Early Excavations pre1914
48
The Foundations of Antiquities Departments
70
The Political Dimension of Archaeological Practices
87
Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Hunters
125
Anatolia
144
Developments in Farming Animal Husbandry
161
The Northern Levant
607
The Southern Levant
629
VOLUME II
ii
Empire Environment
649
The Caucasus and the Near East
668
Central Asia the Steppe and the Near East 25001500 BC
687
The Ur III Old Babylonian and Kassite Empires
706
The Hittite Empire
722

FruitGrowing
181
Animals in the Ancient World
201
Fish and Fishing
220
Lithic Industries During the Holocene Period
236
Irrigation
261
Ceramic Production
279
Metallurgy
295
Glass
317
Textiles
336
Varieties of Early Village and Town Life
373
The Southern Levant
396
Northern Mesopotamia
415
The Late Epipaleolithic Neolithic and Chalcolithic
431
Southern Mesopotamia
466
The Arabian Peninsula
485
The Iranian Plateau
501
Southwestern Iran
512
Bronze Age Cities of the Plains and the Highlands
531
Northern Mesopotamia
556
The Anatolian Plateau
575
Iran
596
Irans First Empire
740
Indias Relations with Western Empires 2300600 BC
758
NeoHittite and Phrygian Kingdoms of North Syria
797
North Arabian Kingdoms
816
Egypt and the Near East
833
The Assyrian Heartland
851
The Assyrians Abroad
867
The Lydian Empire
896
The NeoBabylonian Empire
914
An ArchaeologicalHistorical
931
The Achaemenid Provinces in Archaeological Perspective
963
The Seleucid Kingdom
984
The Arsacid Parthian Empire
1001
Roman Rule in the Near East
1021
The Red Sea and Indian Ocean in the Age of the Great
1041
Byzantium in Asia Minor and the Levant
1060
An Archaeological Survey
1076
Christianity in the Late Antique Near East
1095
Abbreviations
1113
Index
1380
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About the author (2012)

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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