Early Urbanizations in the Levant examines the first cycle of
urbanization, collapse and reurbanization in the 4th-2nd millennium
BCE Levant. The core of the study is a detailed analysis of
settlement fluctuations and material culture development in the
Hula Valley, at the crossroads between modern Israel, Syria and
Lebanon. Focusing on field data and a close reading of the material
text, the book emphasizes the variety exhibited in patterns of
cultural and social change when small, densely settled regions are
carefully scrutinized. Using the concepts of time-space edges and
shifting loci of power, the study suggests new scenarios to explain
changes in the regional archaeological record, and considers the
implications these have for existing reconstructions of social
evolution in the larger region. The Levant is shown to be composed
of a fluid mosaic of polities that moved along multiple, if often
parallel, paths towards and away from complexity. This book should
be of interest to anyone studying the archaeology of early state
formation in the Near East, particularly in areas of aesecondaryAE
urbanization - Palestine, Syria and Anatolia. With its detailed
consideration of settlement patterns and ceramic production, it is
also indispensable for the study of the early history of the two
major sites in the area, Tel Dan and Tel Hazor, being the first
attempt to integrate the results of excavations at these sites with
the information obtained in archaeological surveys of the valley
which sustained them."
Leicester University Press
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