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Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of CivilizationThe Evolution of an Urban Landscape$
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Guillermo Algaze

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226013770

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226013787.001.0001

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Conclusions: The Mesopotamian Conjuncture

Conclusions: The Mesopotamian Conjuncture

(p.143) CHAPTER NINE Conclusions: The Mesopotamian Conjuncture
Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization
University of Chicago Press

This chapter recapitulates the conjuncture of natural and created landscapes that underpinned the Sumerian takeoff. It also briefly addresses two important logical research corollaries of the takeoff not previously dealt with: why did the precocious protourban experiments of early fourth-millennium Upper Mesopotamia eventually prove unsuccessful? And, why did full-fledged urbanism not arise in the plains of northern Mesopotamia until the middle of the third millennium, eight hundred years or so after comparable phenomena in the southern Mesopotamian alluvium?

Keywords:   natural landscape, created landscape, Sumerian takeoff, urbanism, Mesopotamia, alluvium

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