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Settlement and Society: Essays Dedicated to Robert McCormick Adams

Elizabeth C. Stone

DESCRIPTION: This volume of essays dedicated to Robert McCormick Adams reflects both the breadth of his research and the select themes upon which he focused his attention. These essays written by his students and disciples focus on issues in Near Eastern archaeology but range as far afield as the Indus Valley and Mesoamerica. They are also concentrate on aspects of early complex society, but some refer back to the late Neolithic and others forward to Islamic times. The key foci of Adams’ work are reflected in this collection: ecology, frontiers, urbanism, trade and technology are all explored. Yet in spite of the breadth of the scope of this volume, the various intellectual threads pioneered by Adams serve to tie the volume together. These include the use of multiple lines of evidence to attack problems, the use of a comparative approach – including the use of ethnographic analogy–as a means of understanding the development of early states, the importance of the continuum of settlement between city dwellers, farmers, marsh dwellers and pastoralists, and an overall appreciation of cultural ecology. The volume is edited by Elizabeth C. Stone and contains articles by Kouchoukos and Wilkinson, Nissen, Pournelle, Hole, Schulderein, Winter, Carter, Zimansky, Wright, Steinkeller, Stone, Rothman, Whitcomb, Cowgill, Possehl, Stein and Özbal, Algaze and Yener.

"It is now a pleasure to greet the volume under review, and to congratulate its editor, Elizabeth Stone, and all the learned authors who rose to the occasion. ... I have only given the sparsest indication of the treasures included in this volume. The honoree will read the essays with pride, and we readers will be enlightened and/or provoked by them. Final congratulations to the Cotsen Institute, which has produced the volume, with its many important illustrations, handsomely and at a reasonable price." —Norman Yoffee, University of Michigan, Journal of Anthropological Research (2008) 64: 617-618

ISBN: 978-1-931745-32-1 (p), 978-1-931745-33-8 (c)
Publication Date: 2007
Series: Ideas, Debates and Perspectives 3
Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Price: US $37.00 paperback, US $70.00 cloth

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Landscape Archaeology in Mesopotamia: Past, Present, and Future by Nicholas Kouchoukos and Tony Wilkinson

Ch. 2 Archaeological Surveys and Mesopotamian History by Hans J. Nissen

Ch. 3 KLM to CORONA: A Bird's-Eye View of Cultural Ecology and Early Mesopotamian Urbanization by Jennifer R. Pournelle

Ch. 4 Cycles of Settlement in the Khorramabad Valley in Luristan, Iran by Frank Hole

Ch. 5 Harappan Geoarchaeology Reconsidered: Holocene Landscapes and Environments of the Greater Indus Plain by Joseph Schuldenrein, Rita Wright, and Mohammed Afzal Khan

Ch. 6 Representing Abundance: The Visual Dimension of the Agrarian State by Irene J. Winter

Ch. 7 Resisting Empire: Elam in the First Millennium BC by Elizabeth Carter

Ch. 8 The Lattimore Model and Hatti's Kaska Frontier by Paul Zimansky

Ch. 9 Ancient Agency: Using Models of Intentionality to Understand the Dawn of Despotism by Henry T. Wright

Ch. 10 City and Countryside in Third-Millennium Southern Babylonia by Piotr Steinkeller

Ch. 11 The Mesopotamian Urban Experience by Elizabeth C. Stone

Ch. 12 The Archaeology of Early Administrative Systems in Mesopotamia by Mitchell S. Rothman

Ch. 13 Islamic Archaeology and the "Land behind Baghdad" by Donald Whitcomb

Ch. 14 The Urban Organization of Teotihuacan, Mexico by George L. Cowgill

Ch. 15 The Harappan Settlement of Gujarat by Gregory L. Possehl

Ch. 16 A Tale of Two Oikumenai: Variation in the Expansionary Dynamics of 'Ubaid and Uruk Mesopotamia by Gil J. Stein and Rana Özbal

Ch. 17 The Sumerian Takeoff by Guillermo Algaze

Ch. 18 Transformative Impulses in Late Bronze Age Technology: A Case Study from the Amuq Valley, Southern Turkey by K. Ashban Yener

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