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Ancient Middle Niger

Ancient Middle Niger
Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape

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Part of Case Studies in Early Societies

  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521813006

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  • The cities of West Africa's Middle Niger, only recently brought to the world's attention, make us rethink the 'whys' and the 'wheres' of ancient urbanism. They present the archaeologist with a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. This book explores the emergence of these cities in the first millennium B.C. and the evolution of their hinterlands from the perspective of the self-organized landscape. Cities appeared in a series of profound transforms to the human-land relations and this book illustrates how each transform marked a leap in complexity.

    • Offers an exciting examination of the cities of the Middle Niger, the most recently discovered ancient urban civilization
    • Explores the urban structure of ancient Middle Niger and its implication for traditional concepts of ancient urbanism
    • Highly-illustrated throughout with comparative analysis of other indigenous urban landscapes, it will appeal to all students of the ancient city
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    "...an impressive, path-breaking explanation of the origin of urban settlements on the Middle Niger River, climaxed by a fascinating final chapter in which the author offers a comparative overview of the archaeology of urban landscapes in Mesopotamia, the Nile valley, and northern China."
    -David C. Conrad, Emeritus, SUNY Oswego, American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521813006
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.574kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus. 17 maps 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Discovery
    2. Transformed landscapes
    3. Accommodation
    4. Excavation
    5. Surveying the hinterland
    6. Comparative urban landscapes.

  • Author

    Roderick J. McIntosh, Rice University, Houston
    Roderick J. McIntosh is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and visiting Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His recent publications include The Peoples of Middle Niger: Island of Gold (1998), The Way the Wind Blows: Climate, History, and Human Action (2000) and Geomorphology and Human Palaeoecology of the Méma, Mali (2005).

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