By Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck
Archaeologies of the center East presents an leading edge creation to the archaeology of this attention-grabbing sector and a window on either its previous and current.
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Like all other kingdoms and empires of the ancient Near East, the NeoAssyrian one consisted of not much more outside the imperial core than a network of “royal highways” (harran sˇarri; Kessler 1980) and nodes in the form of Assyrianized castles (Liverani 1988). Much of the interstices in this network was probably never dominated by the Assyrians, and this was one of the sources of their constant need to fight against internal enemies in addition to outward expansion. The core region, a territory completely under the power of the Assyrian rulers, was expanded over time.
Increased research in the “peripheral” areas of Turkey, northern Syria and Iraq, and western and central Iran has shown that there were indigenous Late Chalcolithic traditions in most of these regions. These local traditions exhibit distinctive administrative, political, and economic systems and their own forms of internal hierarchy and inequalities, based on the exploitation of locally available resources. In areas near sources of ores, copper-based metallurgy developed into substantial industries (Chegini et al.
Bernbeck, Reinhard, 1993 Steppe als Kulturlandschaft. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer. Bernbeck, Reinhard, 1994 Die Auflösung der Häuslichen Produktionsweise: Das Beispiel Mesopotamiens. Berliner Beiträge zum Vorderen Orient Band 14. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer. Bernbeck, Reinhard, 1995 Lasting Alliances and Emerging Competition: Economic Developments in Early Mesopotamia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 14:1– 25. ). In Continuity and Change in Northern Mesopotamia from the Hellenistic to the Early Islamic Period.
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