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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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The Sumerian Takeoff

The Sumerian Takeoff

(p.1) CHAPTER ONE The Sumerian Takeoff
Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization
University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of how natural and created landscapes determine, reinforce, and compound each other in modern cities and their surrounding areas, which are applicable to earlier cases of urban transformation. A case in point appears to be the crystallization of early Sumerian civilization in the alluvial lowlands of the Tigris–Euphrates rivers of southern Mesopotamia during the Uruk period, which is radiocarbon-dated ca. 3900/3800 to ca. 3200/3100 bc. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   natural landscapes, created landscapes, urban transformation, Sumerian civilization, Tigris–Euphrates rivers, Mesopotamia, Uruk period

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