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The Archaeology of Syria


  • 191 b/w illus. 13 maps
  • Page extent: 486 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.06 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 939/.43
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: DS94.5 .A65 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Syria--Antiquities
    • Excavations (Archaeology)--Syria

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521792301 | ISBN-10: 0521792304)

This was the first book to present a comprehensive review of the archaeology of Syria from the end of the Paleolithic period to 300 BC. Syria has become a prime focus of field archaeology in the Middle East in the past thirty years, and Peter Akkermans and Glenn Schwartz discuss the results of this intensive fieldwork, integrating them with earlier research. Alongside the major material culture types of each period, they examine important contributions of Syrian archaeology to issues like the onset of agriculture, the emergence of private property and social inequality, the rise and collapse of urban life, and the archaeology of early empires. All competing interpretations are set out and considered, alongside the authors' own perspectives and conclusions.

• Uniquely comprehensive review of the archaeology of Syria before 300 BC • Coverage of all the latest developments in excavation and field work in the area • Detailed but accessible discussion of all competing interpretations as well as the authors' own perspectives and conclusions


1. Introduction; 2. Hunter-gatherers at the end of the Ice Age; 3. A changing perspective: neolithic beginnings; 4. The exploration of new horizons; 5. Continuity and change in the late sixth and fifth millenium BC; 6. The fourth millenium BC and the Uruk intrusion; 7. Regionalization and local trajectories; 8. The 'second urban revolution' and its aftermath; 9. The regeneration of complex societies; 10. Empires and internationalism; 11. Iron age Syria; 12. Conclusions.


'The information is presented in clear, jargon-free prose … the end result is a pleasure to read, as well as thought provoking.' Minerva

'… highly welcomed by biblical scholars and archaeologists … it covers an impressive wide range … the biblical scholar cannot but be grateful to the authors for providing such a well-written overview of the cultural realm bordering the biblical world. Several state-of-the-art photographs, drawings, maps and charts round off this beautifully produced volume whose affordable price will ensure its widespread and well-deserved distribution.' Society for Old Testament Study

'… a useful reference tool for professional archaeologists and an excellent introduction for students.' Antiquity

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