Early Mesopotamian Urbanism: A New View from the North

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dc.contributor.author Ur, Jason Alik
dc.contributor.author Oates, Joan
dc.contributor.author McMahon, Augusta
dc.contributor.author Karsgaard, Phillip
dc.contributor.author Al Quntar, Salam
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-06T15:28:07Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Ur, Jason A. 2007 Early Mesopotamian urbanism: a new view from the North. Antiquity 81(313): 585-600. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0003-598X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4269009
dc.description.abstract For many years, the southern Mesopotamia of Ur and Uruk, ancient Sumer, has been seen as the origin centre of civilisation and cities: ‘The urban implosion of late-fourth- and early-third-millennium Mesopotamia resulted in a massive population shift into large sites’ said Nissen in 1988. ‘These new city-states set the pattern for Mesopotamia as the heartland of cities’ (Adams 1981; Yoffee 1998). And for Stone & Zimansky (2005) ‘Remains of the world's first cities are the most noteworthy feature of the landscape in southern Iraq’. But at Tell Brak Joan Oates and her team are turning this model upside down. A long campaign of study, culminating in the new discoveries from 2006 reported here, show that northern Mesopotamia was far along the road to urbanism, as seen in monumentality, industrialisation and prestige goods, by the late fifth millennium BC. The ‘world's earliest cities’ are as likely to have been in north-eastern Syria as southern Iraq, and the model of a core from the south developing a periphery in the north is now ripe for revision. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Anthropology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Antiquity Publications en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/081/ant0810585.htm en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject Mesopotamia en_US
dc.subject Syria en_US
dc.subject cities en_US
dc.subject origins of civilisation en_US
dc.subject tell settlements en_US
dc.subject urbanism en_US
dc.title Early Mesopotamian Urbanism: A New View from the North en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Antiquity -Oxford- en_US
dash.depositing.author Ur, Jason Alik
dc.date.available 2010-07-06T15:28:07Z

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