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Integrating Çatalhöyük

Edited By Ian Hodder

Integrating Çatalhöyük

ISBN: 978-1-931745-99-4

Publication Date: September 2014

Series: MA 32

Price: $69.00


This volume discusses general themes that have emerged in interpretation of the results of the 2000-2008 excavations, synthesizing the results of research described in other volumes in the same series.  Subsistence analysis and the examination of human remains yielded data on landscape use and mobility, and the storage and sharing of food.  The ways in which houses were constructed, lived in, and abandoned leads to a broad discussion of settlement and social organization at Çatalhöyük, and of change over time.  For example, shifts in the themes that occur in paintings in houses evolve as part of a wider set of social, economic, and ritual changes in the upper levels.  The social uses of materials and technologies are explored, as well as the roles of materials in personal adornment.  Finally, the discussion of variation through place and time is recognized as dependent on scales of analysis and social process.

New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan

Edited By Thomas E. Levy, Mohammad Najjar, and Erez Ben-Yosef

Edom Photo

ISBN: 978-1-931745-99-4

Publication Date: September 2014

Series: MA 35

Price: $169.00


Situated south of the Dead Sea, near the famous Nabatean capital of Petra, the Faynan region in Jordan contains the largest deposits of copper ore in the southern Levant. The Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP) takes an anthropological archaeology approach to the deep-time study of culture change in one of the Old World’s most important locales for studying technological development. Using innovative digital tools for data recording, curation, analyses and dissemination, the researchers focused on ancient mining and metallurgy as the subject of surveys and excavations related to the Iron Age (ca. 1200–500 B.C.E.), when the first local, historical state-level societies appeared in this part of the eastern Mediterranean basin. This comprehensive and important volume challenges the current scholarly consensus concerning the emergence and historicity of the Iron Age polity of biblical Edom and some of its neighbors, such as ancient Israel.  



The Excavation of the Prehistoric Burial Tumulus at Lofkënd, Albania

By John K. Papadopoulos, Sarah P. Morris, Lorenc Bejko, and Lynne A. Schepartz

Lofkend Photo

ISBN: 978-1-938770-00-5

Publication Date: September 2014

Series: MA 34

Price: $169.00


The burial tumulus of Lofkënd lies in one of the richest archaeological areas of Albania, ancient Illyria, home to a number of burial tumuli spanning the Bronze and Iron Ages of later prehistory. Some were robbed long ago, others were reused for modern burials; just a few were excavated under scientific conditions. Modern understanding of the pre- and protohistory of Illyria has largely been shaped by the contents of such burial mounds. What inspired the systematic exploration of Lofkënd by UCLA was more than the promise of an unplundered necropolis; it was also a chance to revisit the significance of this tumulus and its fellows for the emergence of urbanism and complexity in ancient Illyria. In addition to artifacts, the recovery of surviving plant remains, bones, and other organic material contributed insights into the environmental and ecological history of the region. The analysis of the skeletal remains, both inhumed and cremated, enhanced knowledge of the demography and human population in this region of Albania.

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