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Building between the Two Rivers: An Introduction to the Building Archaeology of Ancient Mesopotamia

Authors: Stefano Anastasio & Piero Gilento

Building between the Two Rivers aims to supply university students and scholars of Near Eastern archaeology with an introduction to ‘Building archaeology’ methods as applied to the context of Ancient Mesopotamia. It helps the reader understand the principles underlying the discipline, which deals with the registration and analysis of all building materials and techniques involved in the assembly and erection of a construction, and to outline what knowledge and skills are needed, beyond those that are specific to archaeologists.

The in-depth registration and analysis of building materials and techniques requires professional skills and experience, which cannot be achieved with only a standard university training in archaeology. However, archaeologists need to know the basics of the classification of building materials, their physical properties, the main techniques of their finishing, as well as the basic principles of statics. They should also be able to let architects understand how to better tune the registration of data to ensure a fruitful archaeological interpretation.

Publication: 2020, Oxford, Archaeopress. 175x245mm; 220 pages; 136 figures. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781789696035. Epublication ISBN 9781789696042.

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Paperback: £34.00; E-publication: private costumers £16.00 Exc. UK VAT; Libraries & Institutional customers: £34.00 (Exc. VAT). Print / EPublication Bundle. Price £39.00 (Excl. VAT).

Subartu 42

Circular Cities of Early Bronze Age Syria

Editors: C. Castel, J.-W. Meyer & P. Quenet

This volume is the first dedicated to the urbanism of pre-classical Syria.

This volume corresponds to the acts of a conference that closes the international interdisciplinary research project Badiyah, directed by Corinne Castel and Jan-Waalke Meyer (Directors of the Tell Al-Rawda and Tell Chuera archaeological missions). Both sites illustrate the importance of the 3rd millennium BCE ‘circular cities’ discovered in today’s Syria. These pre-planned cities were fortified and organized following a concentric and radial urban pattern. They represent a particular form of the endogenous process of urbanization that appeared in this region when the first cities and territorial states emerged. The main results obtained from these two sites are compared to other Syrian ‘circular cities’ of the Early Bronze Age. Twenty-nine contributions enable us to reassess the process of urbanization in the Near East and to question the Southern Mesopotamian model as the unique cradle of urban civilization.

XXVI+398 p., 133 b/w + 36 col. ill., 16 b/w tables, 216 x 280 mm, 2020

ISBN: 978-2-503-55183-8
Paperback: € 100
Series: Subartu, vol. 42


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Subartu 43

After the Harvest
Storage Practices and Food Processing in Bronze Age Mesopotamia

Editors: N. Borrelli, G. Scazzosi
II+146 p., 53 b/w ill., 14 b/w tables, 216 x 280 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58378-5
Languages: English
Retail price: EUR 75,00 excl. tax

After the Harvest explores how grain and its by-products – bread and beer – defined multiple aspects of the Mesopotamian society and economy. The volume examines dynamics of food storage and food processing, using different field of analysis, comparing diverse methodologies and integrating datasets.
The reliance on grain and grain products is a key feature of many past societies, and this is particularly true of the Ancient Near East. The necessity of storing and processing foodstuffs encompassed political and social boundaries: food shaped identities and it was not by chance that, for the Mesopotamian mindset, civilization started with the consumption of bread and beer. At any managerial level, storage practices and food processing reflect the economic organization of a society, its control mechanisms, and its interdependent social structures. This volume includes eight papers by scholars of the Ancient Near East, who draw on a wide range of sources and methodologies, from (bio-)archaeological evidence to cuneiform texts, in order to explore what actually happened after the harvest in the shared horizon of Bronze Age Mesopotamia. The different case-studies gathered together here examine the impact of continuity — and crucially, of change — in the technical, economic, and social solutions that were adopted by people in response to the common needs of everyday life. This volume represents a dialogue between different perspectives and disciplines that simultaneously opens up new paths of research, at the same time as seeking to narrow the gaps in our understanding of this subject.


Subartu 44

Die chalkolithische Siedlung von Giricano am Oberen Tigris
Die Ausgrabungen in Giricano II

Author: A. Schachner
XX+206 p., 167 b/w ill., 58 b/w tables, 216 x 280 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-57536-0
Languages: German, Turkish
Retail price: EUR 75,00 excl. tax

Die spät-chalkolithischen Siedlungsschichten in Giricano vermitteln einen ununterbrochenen Überblick über die kulturelle Entwicklung im Tal des Oberen Tigris von der Obed-Zeit bis in die erste Hälfte des 3. Jahrtausends v. Chr. Die materielle Kultur der noch in der Phase Late-Chalcolithic (LC) 1 gegründeten Siedlung zeigt, dass die bisher hauptsächlich im heutigen Nordirak dokumentierte Kultur bis zum Fuß des Taurus reichte. Kurz vor der Wende vom 4. zum 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr. erreichte die Siedlung in der Phase LC 5 den Höhepunkt ihrer Entwicklung. Dieser ist durch ein monumentales Gebäude dokumentiert, das wahrscheinlich durch ein Erdbeben zerstört wurde. Eine Nachbesiedlung in der so genannten Nineveh 5-Periode ist wesentlich kleiner, bevor der Fundort aufgegeben wurde. Die Darstellung folgt der Entwicklung der Architektur, der Keramik und der Kleinfunde. Sie wird durch eine Diskussion der Integration der Siedlung in die überregionale Kulturentwicklung ergänzt.


Subartu 45

Integrative Approaches to the Archaeology and History of Kültepe-Kaneš. Kültepe, 4–7 August 2017
KIM 3 (Kültepe International Meetings 3)

Editors: F. Kulakoğlu, C. Michel, G. Öztürk
XX+258 p., 173 b/w ill. + 12 colour ill., 20 b/w tables, 216 x 280 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58559-8
Languages: English
Retail price: EUR 85,00 excl. tax

This third volume of the Kültepe International Meetings (KIM) series draws together multidisciplinary approaches to the archaeology and history of complex urban sites using Kültepe-Kanesh as a case study, with particular emphasis on Bronze Age material.

The 3rd Kültepe International Meeting aimed at exploring multidisciplinary approaches to the archaeology and history of complex urban sites using Kültepe-Kanesh as a case study. As a result, the conference proceedings involve a wide variety of disciplines: archaeology, ceramics, paleobotany, paleoecology, palynology, archaeometallurgy, geo- and archaeo-magnetism, art history, philology, history, computer science, and last but not least, videogame design. Indeed, the aim of the Kültepe International Meetings (KIM) is to facilitate the dialogue between these different disciplines and to combine their data in order to build an accurate view of Kültepe and its environment. The 3rd KIM more than fulfilled this goal, demonstrating once again how Kültepe functions as an international experimental laboratory in which disciplines and sub-disciplines can be tested, improved, and developed. All the contributions presented here provide a good overview of the ongoing multidisciplinary studies being carried out at Kültepe and Central Anatolia.