The Archaeology of Syria: From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early Urban Societies (c.16,000-300 BC)

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 467 pages
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This book is the first comprehensive presentation of the archaeology of Syria from the end of the Paleolithic period to 300 BC. Although Syria has been the focus of intensive excavations for decades, no large-scale review of the results of these excavations has ever appeared until now. Syria is one of the prime areas of excavation and archaeological field work in the Middle East, and Peter Akkermans and Glenn Schwartz outline the many important results Syria has yielded up, before providing their own perspectives and conclusions.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Huntergatherers at the end of the Ice Age
14
A changing perspective Neolithic beginnings
42
The exploration of new horizons
99
Continuity and change in the late sixth and fifth millennia BC
154
The fourth millennium BC and the Uruk intrusion
181
Regionalization and local trajectories
211
The second urban revolution and its aftermath
233
The regeneration of complex societies
288
Empires and internationalism
327
Iron Age Syria
360
Conclusions
398
Bibliography
403
Index
458
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About the author (2003)

GLENN M. SCHWARTZ is Whiting Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

PETER M. M. G. AKKERMANS is Curator of the Department of Ancient Near East at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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