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Agency and Identity in the Ancient Near East: New Paths Forward (Sharon R Steadman) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2010) 9781845534431

Title: Agency and Identity in the Ancient Near East: New Paths Forward

Author: Steadman, Sharon R

Additional Authors or Contributors: Jennifer C. Ross (eds)

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781845534431

Volumes: 1; Pages: 256

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Concepts of agency and identity have penetrated very little into practices and research agendas in Near Eastern archaeology. This volume addresses this lack, and initiates a new level of theoretical discourse in the field. Several themes run throughout the chapters in the volume, including how agency theory can be employed in reconstructing the meaning of spaces and material culture; how agency and identity intersect and how archaeologists might investigate this intersection; and how the availability of a textual corpus may impact the agency approach.

An overarching goal of this volume is to advance the theoretical discourse within archaeology, and particularly among practitioners of archaeology in the Near East. The volume is interdisciplinary, including contributions derived from the fields of philology, art history, computer simulation studies, materials science, and the archaeology of settlement, architecture, and empire. It offers chapters ranging in time from the Neolithic to the Islamic period, and covers cultures and sites located in the present-day regions of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel.


1. "Agency and Identity in the Ancient Near East: New Paths Forward"

Sharon R. Steadman (SUNY Cortland) and Jennifer C. Ross (Hood College)


2. "Movement across the Landscape and Residential Stability: Agency and Place in the Southern Levantine Early

Bronze Age"

Jennifer Jones (University of Minnesota, Duluth)

3. "Agency, Architecture, and Archaeology: Prehistoric Settlements in Central Anatolia."

Sharon R. Steadman (SUNY Cortland)

4. "Agents in Motion"

Scott Branting (University of Chicago)


5. "Subsistence Actions at �atalh�y�k"

Rissa Russell (Cornell University) and Amy Bogaard (Oxford University)

6. "The Scribal Artifact: Technological Innovation in the Uruk Period"

Jennifer C. Ross (Hood College)

7. "Shared Painting: The Practice of Decorating Late Neolithic Pottery in Northern Mesopotamia"

Gabriela Castro (Binghamton University)

8. "Early Islamic Pottery: Evidence of a Revolution in Diet and Dining Habits?"

Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)


9. "Material Culture and Identity: Assyrians, Aramaeans, and the Indigenous Peoples of Iron Age Southeastern Anatolia"

Timothy Matney (University of Akron)

10. "Object Agency? Spatial Perspective, Social Relations, and the Stele of Hammurabi"

Marian Feldman (University of California, Berkeley)

11. "Akkad and Agency, Archaeology and Annales: Considering Power and Intent in Third Millennium B.C.E. Mesopotamia"

Anne Porter (University of Southern California)

12. "Agency, Identity, and the Hittite State"

Gregory McMahon (University of New Hampshire)


13. "Beyond Agency: Identity and Individuals in Archaeology"

A. Bernard Knapp (University of Glasgow)

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