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Archaeologies of the Middle East

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384 pages
Archaeologies of the Middle East provides an innovative introduction to the archaeology of this fascinating region and a window on both its past and present.
  • Written by some of the top archaeologists of the Middle East: scholars from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of interests and intellectual approaches
  • Coverage spans 100,000 years: from the Paleolithic to Hellenistic times
  • Explores the connections between modern-day politics and the social context of archaeological practice and various underutilized approaches to archaeological interpretation
  • Designed for student use
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Acknowledgments
The Past as Fact and Fiction: Reinhard Bernbeck
Contents
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List of Tables
Part I
From Historical Novels to Novel Histories
Archaeology and Nationalism in the Holy Land Adel H.Yahya
Archaeology Goes to War at the Newsstand Susan Pollock
Who Has Not Eaten Cherries with the Devil? Archaeology under Challenge Caroline Steele
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A Cultural-Historical Framework Reinhard Bernbeck and Susan Pollock
Producing and Disseminating Knowledge About the Ancient Near East
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Introduction Susan Pollock and Reinhard Bernbeck
Series Editors’ Preface
List of Figures
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List of Contributors
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CONTENTS
Part II Reassessing Evolutionary “Firsts” 7 Bleeding or Breeding: Neandertals vs. Early Modern Humans in the Middle Paleolithic Levant John Shea 8 Lumps of Clay and Pieces of Stone: Ambiguity, Bodies, and Identity as Portrayed in Neolithic Figurines Ian Kuijt and Meredith S. Chesson 9 The State: The Process of State Formation as Seen from Mesopotamia Jean-Daniel Forest
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Archaeology, Bible, and the History of the Levant in the Iron Age Israel Finkelstein
Imperialism Mario Liverani
Part III Constructing Arguments, Understanding Perceptions 12 Ethnoarchaeology, Analogy, and Ancient Society Marc Verhoeven
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The Ancient Sumerians in the Tides of Time Petr Charvát
Reliquaries on the Landscape: Sharon R. Steadman
Mounds as Matrices of Human Cognition
Archaeology and Texts in the Ancient Near East Paul Zimansky Representations, Reality, and Ideology Jennifer C. Ross
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