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Early Urban Life in the Land of Anshan
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Early Urban Life in the Land of Anshan
Excavations at Tal-e Malyan in the Highlands of Iran

William M. Sumner

376 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 112 illus.
Cloth 2003 | ISBN 9781931707459 | $85.00s | Outside the Americas £68.00
Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

This book provides summary data on the archaeological excavations of Banesh Period (ca. 3400-2600 B.C.) levels in Operation ABC at Tal-e Malyan, site of the Elamite royal city of Anshan. These levels cover the critical centuries when complex urban life evolved in Mesopotamia and Iran.

Sumner describes and illustrates a wide variety of finds—pottery vessels, stone and metal artifacts, shell and mineral ornaments, proto-Elamite clay tablets, cylinder seals and clay sealings, raw materials, and production by-products. He discusses these finds in terms of production, usage, and stylistic variation, and he includes either technical analyses contributed by specialists in flint technology, metallurgy, sea shells, and glyptic or summaries of analyses published by specialists in zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, materials science, and epigraphy.

Contributors: John Alden, P. Nicholas Kardulias, Annette Ericksen, Samuel K. Nash, Vincent Pigott, Holly Pittman, David Reese, Harry C. Rogers, Massimo Vidale.

Malyan Excavation Reports, Volume III
University Museum Monograph, 117

William M. Sumner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and The Ohio State University and Director Emeritus of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

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