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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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Early Mesopotamian Urbanism in Comparative Perspective

Early Mesopotamian Urbanism in Comparative Perspective

(p.100) CHAPTER SEVEN Early Mesopotamian Urbanism in Comparative Perspective
Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents a comparative review of urban phenomena across Greater Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium. It contrasts existing data for protourban settlements in the rolling plains of Upper Mesopotamia against comparable evidence from the Mesopotamian alluvium—the two areas of southwest Asia that were further along the developmental path to urbanism at the time. Both areas developed more or less in tandem during the first half of the fourth millennium; however, by the second half of the millennium southern polities had far outstripped their northern competitors in scale and complexity.

Keywords:   urban development, urban settlements, Upper Mesopotamia, urbanism

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