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A Central Asian Village at the Dawn of Civilization
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A Central Asian Village at the Dawn of Civilization
Excavations at Anau, Turkmenistan

Fredrik T. Hiebert. With Kakamurad Kurbansakhatov

489 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 164 illus.
Cloth 2003 | ISBN 9781931707503 | $75.00s | Outside the Americas £60.00
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Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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This integration of earlier and new scholarship reconceptualizes the origins of civilization, challenging the received view that the ancient Near East spawned the spread of civilization outward from Mesopotamia to all other neighboring cultures. Central Asia is here shown to have been a major player in the development of cities.

Skillfully documenting the different phases of both Soviet and earlier Western external analyses along with recent excavation results, this new interpretation reveals Central Asia's role in the socioeconomic and political processes linked to both the Iranian Plateau and the Indus Valley, showing how it contributed substantively to the origins of urbanism in the Old World. Hiebert's research at Anau and his focus on the Chalcolithic levels provide an essential starting point for understanding both the nature of village life and the historical trajectories that resulted in Bronze Age urbanism.

University Museum Monograph, 116

Fredrik T. Hiebert is Assistant Professor in Archaeology and Assistant Curator of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Kakamurad Kurbansakhatov is Director of the Southern Turkmenistan Multidisciplinary Archaeological Expedition.

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