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Archaeology of Mesopotamia: Theories and Approaches (Roger Matthews) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 2003) 9780415253178

Title: Archaeology of Mesopotamia: Theories and Approaches

Author: Matthews, Roger

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2003

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415253178

Volumes: 1; Pages: 272

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The work of archaeologists is central to our understanding of Mesopotamia's past. This innovative volume evaluates the theories, methods, approaches and history of Mesopotamian archaeology from its origins in the 19th century up to the present day. Roger Matthews places the discipline within its historical and social context, and explains how archaeologists conduct their research through excavation, survey and other methods. In the four main chapters, he uses illustrated case-studies to show how archaeologists have approached central themes societies, empires and imperialism, and everyday life.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Preface and Acknowledgements

1. Defining a Discipline: Mesopotamian Archaeology in History

2. Tools of the Trade: Scope and Methods of Mesopotamian Archaeology

3. Tracking a Transition: Hunters Becoming Farmers

4. States of Mind: Approaching Complexity

5. Archaeologies of Empire

6. People's Past

7. Futures of the Mesopotamian Past

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