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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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Epilogue Early Sumerian Societies: A Research Agenda

Epilogue Early Sumerian Societies: A Research Agenda

(p.151) Epilogue Early Sumerian Societies: A Research Agenda
Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization
University of Chicago Press

This epilogue summarizes the major evidentiary problems that hinder our comprehension of the full range of factors at play at the time of the emergence of early Mesopotamian civilization, and that will continue to do so in the future until they are resolved. Toward that goal, it offers suggestions for future research geared to obtaining the missing evidence, when such research becomes possible. This is imperative if a full evaluation is to be made of the main hypothesis advanced in this book, that of the centrality of the ramifications of trade to the evolution of early civilizations in general and to early Mesopotamian urban process in particular.

Keywords:   Mesopotamian civilization, trade, urban process, early civilization

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