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210 pages

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Published Sep 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784919252

Digital: 9781784919269

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Middle Bronze Age; Near Eastern Archaeology; spatial approaches; long-distance trade; exchange networks; settlement patterns; Mesopotamia; Anatolia

The Geography of Trade: Landscapes of competition and long-distance contacts in Mesopotamia and Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Colony Period

By Alessio Palmisano

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A reassessment of the Old-Assyrian trade network in Upper Mesopotamia and Central Anatolia during the Middle Bronze Age, this volume examines exchange networks and economic strategies, continuity and discontinuity of specific trade circuits and routes, and the evolution of political landscapes throughout the Near East.



Chapter 1. Introduction ; Chapter 2. Theoretical approaches to landscape, political geography and trade; Chapter 3. Upper Mesopotamia and Central Anatolia in the old Assyrian colony period. A review of the documentary historical evidence; Chapter 4. Perspectives on material culture: intra and inter-regional dynamics; Chapter 5. Models of settlement hierarchy; Chapter 6. Landscape-scale models of movement and interaction; Chapter 7. Discussion: landscapes of interaction in Upper Mesopotamia and Anatolia; Chapter 8. Conclusions; Bibliography

About the Author

ALESSIO PALMISANO is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at UCL Institute of Archaeology and is currently working on a research project examining the relationship between inferred regional demographic trends in the Mediterranean since the appearance of farming and reconstructed land cover in the past. His research so far has been primarily focused on the study of Western Asian and Eastern Mediterranean early complex societies, the analysis of settlement patterns, and the development of bespoke quantitative and computational methods to Archaeology. He also took part, with roles of scientific responsibility, in several campaigns of archaeological fieldwork, primarily in Iraq, Italy, Syria, and Turkey.