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Early stages in the evolution of Mesopotamian civilization : Soviet excavations in northern Iraq /
edited by Norman Yoffee and Jeffery J. Clark.
imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c1993.
description
xiv, 285 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
ISBN
0816513937 (cl : alk. paper)
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imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c1993.
isbn
0816513937 (cl : alk. paper)
general note
Spine title: Early Mesopotamian civilization.
Translations of papers originally published in Soviet journals 1973-1989.
catalogue key
331069
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-10:
Yoffee and Clark present many recent archaeological findings by Soviet scholars working in northern Iraq. Most of the chapters are translated from Russian scholarly journals and books. Yoffee's own final chapter--using social, ideological, and trade connections among populations with a restricted body of material culture--attempts to interpret the Russian materials, as local societies formed larger regional structures. The study focuses on conceptions of the emergence of agriculture and animal husbandry, the development of food production, and the socioeconomic regularities of that development. Chapters describe dwellings, ovens and kilns, burials, pottery, tools and ornaments (stone, clay, horn, bone), figurines (human, animal), and early metallurgy for the archaeological periods of Hassuna (7th millennium BCE), Samarra, and Halaf (5th millennium) into the Ubaid (Proto-Sumerian-4th millennium). Copious photographs, plans, and drawings illustrate the tight archaeological discussion. A very valuable study for understanding the rise of northern Mesopotamian cultures. Graduate, faculty. J. M. Balcer; Ohio State University
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"The work reported in this book has revolutionized our understanding of the late prehistory of Iraq and the Near East as a whole. . . . This collection offers as thorough a set of preliminary excavation reports as one can find in the archeological literature on the Near East, and the volume is handsomely illustrated in a way that makes in possible actually to work with the materials."-- Science
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Summaries
Main Description
Between 1969 and 1980, Soviet archaeologists conducted excavations of Mesopotamian villages occupied from pre-agricultural times through the beginnings of early civilization. This volume brings together translations of Russian articles along with new work.
Main Description
Between 1969 and 1980,Soviet archaeologists conducted excavations of Mesopotamian villages occupied from pre-agricultural times through the beginnings of early civilization. This volume brings together translations of Russian articles along with new work.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Notes to Transliterations
Introductionp. 1
Tell Maghzaliyah: An Early Neolithic Site in Northern Iraqp. 7
1977-1978 Results
1979-1980 Results
The Early Agricultural Settlement of Tell Sottop. 41
Results of the Excavations at the Early Agricultural Site of Kultepe in Northern Iraqp. 55
Summary of The Earliest Agriculturalists of Northern Mesopotamia (1989)p. 63
Yarim Tepe Ip. 73
The Upper Hassuna Levels
The Lower Hassuna Levels
The Archaic Phase of the Hassuna Culturep. 115
Yarim Tepe II: The Halaf Levelsp. 128
The Upper Halaf Levels
The Lower Halaf Levels
Yarim Tepe III: The Halaf Levelsp. 163
Results of the 1978-1979 Field Season
Results of the 1980 Field Season
Burial Practices of the Halaf Culturep. 207
Yarim Tepe III: The Ubaid Levelsp. 225
The Earliest Evidence For Metallurgy in Ancient Mesopotamiap. 241
Some Problems in the Archaeology of Mesopotamia in Light of Recent Research by the Soviet Expedition to Iraqp. 249
Mesopotamian Interaction Spheresp. 257
Select Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 281
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