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This is an in-depth treatment of the antecedents and first flourescence of early state and urban societies in lowland Mesopotamia over nearly three millennia, from approximately 5000 to 2100 BC. The approach is explicitly anthropological, drawing on contemporary theoretical perspectives to enrich our understanding of the ancient Mesopotamian past. It explores the ways people of different genders and classes contributed and responded to political, economic, and ideological changes. The interpretations are based on studies of regional settlement patterns, faunal remains, artifact distributions and activity patterning, iconography, texts and burials.Read more
- Written specifically for undergraduates who study anthropology and archaeology
- Draws on theoretical directions in anthropology, especially political economy and feminism
- In-depth treatment of antecedents and flourescence of early Mesopotamian civilizations summarizing, analysing, and interpreting large bodies of data
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"Pollock's writing flows easily and does not obfuscate her materials." ChoiceSee more reviews
"Pollock is blessed with an enviable ability to explain these matters clearly and concisely, so her work makes a fine textbook for students as well as philologists and nonspecialists seeking an up-to-date account of early Mesopotamian history. I learned a great deal from her book and found it as excellent teaching tool as well." AJA
"...refreshing...." Religious Studies Review
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- Date Published: June 1999
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521575683
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.44kg
- contains: 29 b/w illus. 9 maps 23 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Geographic setting and environment
3. Settlement patterns
4. Making a living: tributary economics of the fifth and fourth millennia
5. A changing way of life: the oikos-based economy of the third millennium
6. The growth of bureaucracy
7. Ideology and images of power
8. Death and the ideology of community.
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