Archaeologies of the Middle East: Critical Perspectives by Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck

By Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck

Archaeologies of the center East presents an cutting edge creation to the archaeology of this attention-grabbing sector and a window on either its previous and current.

  • Written through a number of the most sensible archaeologists of the center East: students from diversified backgrounds with a variety of pursuits and highbrow approaches
  • Coverage spans 100,000 years: from the Paleolithic to Hellenistic times
  • Explores the connections among modern day politics and the social context of archaeological perform and numerous underutilized techniques to archaeological interpretation
  • Designed for scholar use

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This residential pattern contrasts markedly to the one in dry-farming areas where agglutinative architecture, probably housing smaller stem families, prevailed (Bernbeck 1995). Chalcolithic The early occupation of the southern Mesopotamian plains has been dubbed the Ubaid tradition (ca. ), distinguished by particular styles of architecture (especially the tripartite house with long central hall and smaller rooms on the two long sides), pottery, and other artifacts such as seals. Similar pottery – characterized by black to brown painting on a well-fired, buff-colored body – extends 16 REINHARD BERNBECK AND SUSAN POLLOCK well into the Zagros mountain valleys of Iran, the northern Mesopotamian plains of Syria and Iraq, and the Taurus foothills of Turkey.

To appear in Istanbuler Mitteilungen. Bersani, Leo, and Ulysse Dutoit, 1985 The Forms of Violence: Narrative in Assyrian Art and Modern Culture. New York: Schocken Books. Börker-Klähn, Jutta, 1988 Die archäologische Problematik der Hurriter-Frage und eine mögliche Lösung. Xenia 21:211–247. Bonatz, Dominik, 2001 Mnemohistory in Syro-Hittite Iconography. In Historiography in the Cuneiform World. Tzvi Abusch, Paul-Alain Beaulieu, John Huehnergard, Peter Machinist, and Piotr Steinkeller, eds. pp. 65–78.

Disputed reasons for the first Crusade include the search for an outlet for overpopulation and rampant poverty in Europe, as well as the conquest of Jerusalem by the Seljuks, a Turkish tribe that had converted to Islam. This dynasty, which ruled over Mesopotamia and Anatolia, was followed by others with origins further east in Mongolia. The Mongolian conquests wrought havoc on the ancient irrigation systems in Mesopotamia and seriously reduced the region’s population (Adams 1981:225–228). However, no similarly in-depth evidence is available from other regions.

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