PDF/EPUB Roger Matthews ☆ Archaeology of Mesopotamia Theories and Approaches ☆

The only critical guide to the theory and method of Mesopotamian archaeology this innovative volume evaluates the theories methods approaches and history of Mesopotamian archaeology from its origins in the nineteenth century up to the present dayAncient Mesopotamia modern Ira was the original site of many of the major developments in human history such as farming the rise of urban literate societies and the first great empires of Akkad Babylonia and AssyriaDr Matthews places the discipline within its historical and social context and explains how archaeologists conduct their research through excavation survey and other methods In four fundamental chapters he uses illustrated case studies to show how archaeologists have approached central themes such as the shift from hunting to farming complex societies empires and imperialism everyday lifeThis will be both an ideal introductory work and useful as background reading on a wide range of courses

10 thoughts on “Archaeology of Mesopotamia Theories and Approaches Approaching the Ancient World

  1. says:

    Pithy thorough fascinatingYou pay a hefty price for this slim volume but it delivers a lot an introduction to the methods and theories of archaeology a historical context for European archaeology in Ira and how it has shaped our views of `Mesopotamia' and a fascinating series of case studies which illustrate key moments in the transition from hunter gatherer communities to the eventual establishment of the world's first empires

  2. says:

    My personal favorite for the history of archaeological and post processual theory