The Geography of Trade: Landscapes of competition and long-distance contacts in Mesopotamia and Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Colony Period [Paperback]

Alessio Palmisano(Author)

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ISBN: 9781784919252 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2018 | 210p, H11.5 x W8, Illustrated throughout in color and black & white
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The Geography of Trade: Landscapes of competition and long-distance contacts in Mesopotamia and Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Colony Period

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From the mid-20th century onwards, consolidated study of the merchant archives from the Old Assyrian trading colony at Kaneš (Kültepe) has not only transformed our understanding of the social, economic and political dynamics of the Bronze Age Near East, but also overturned many preconceived notions of what constitutes pre-modern trade. Despite this disciplinary impact and archaeological investigations at Kültepe and elsewhere, our understanding of this phenomenon has remained largely text-based and therefore of limited analytical scope, both spatially and contextually. This book re-assesses the Old-Assyrian trade network in Upper Mesopotamia and Central Anatolia during the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1970 – 1700 BC) by combining in some analytical detail the archaeology (e.g. material culture, settlement data, etc.) of the region both on its own terms and via a range of spatial approaches. The author offers a comparative and spatial perspective on exchange networks and economic strategies, continuity and discontinuity of specific trade circuits and routes, and the evolution of political landscapes throughout the Near East in the Middle Bronze Age.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Theoretical approaches to landscape, political geography and trade

Chapter 3. Upper Mesopotamia and Central Anatolia in the old Assyrian colony period. A review of the documentary historical evidence

Chapter 4. Perspectives on material culture: intra and inter-regional dynamics

Chapter 5. Models of settlement hierarchy

Chapter 6. Landscape-scale models of movement and interaction

Chapter 7. Discussion: landscapes of interaction in Upper Mesopotamia and Anatolia

Chapter 8. Conclusions

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