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Title: Across the Border: Late Bronze-Iron Age Relations between Syria and Anatolia
Author: Yener, K Aslihan (ed)
Publisher: Peeters; Publication Date: 2013
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789042927155
Volumes: 1; Pages: 550
List Price in Cloth: $133.00 Our price: $102.99
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Proceedings of a Symposium held at the Research Center of Anatolian Studies, Koc University, Istanbul, May 31 - June 1, 2010One of the most intriguing issues facing archaeologists working in the second millennium BC is the collapse of Late Bronze Age palace economies and the rise of smaller principalities called the Iron Age kingdoms. Some of these kingdoms retain vestiges of previous Hittite Empire while others represent an ethnic diversity of newly emerging centers of power. The decentralized kingdoms stretch from Cilicia to the Tigris River and are situated on both sides of the modern border of Syria and Turkey. Theories about this political transition have varied from environmental causes, internal dynastic squabbles in Hattusha, to marauding bands of mythical "Sea Peoples". Modern political realities across the border between Turkey and Syria have often minimized the flow of scholarly information about this important collapse.This book compares archaeological data from new as well as established excavations dating to the Late Bronze and Iron Ages. Special attention is given to significant new understandings of chronology that will contextualize the structural collapses at the end of the Late Bronze Age and will illuminate the rise of new Iron Age kingdoms and their imperial ambitions.