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Dawn of the Metal Age: Technology and Society during the Levantine Chalcolithic (Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology) Hardcover – April 13, 2010

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Jonathan Golden received his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania (1998) and currently teaches anthropology at Drew University and Farleigh Dickinson University. He has published a number of articles on the archaeology of the Ancient Near East and has a forthcoming book entitled Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives.
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  • Series: Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904768997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904768999
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M E Saville on October 4, 2011
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There can be little argument that the technological development of a metal industry had a profound impact on the society in which it evolved. A metal industry altered more than people's daily lives and the way others viewed them; it introduced the people to an awesome and alluring power that would shape the manner in which their society continued. Golden's Dawn of the Metal Age highlights this phenomenon in regards to the Levantine Chalcolithic (4700-3500 BCE), the Copper Age of the coastal lands and islands on the eastern part of the Mediterranean. Golden, a lecturer in anthropology at Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, bases his research on his doctoral dissertation for the University of Pennsylvania and his own extensive field experience in the Levant. The discussion of the introduction of a metal industry is much more complex than the absence of metal one day and its existence the next. This technological development, like most debated in the archaeological world, must be contextualized to gain any kind of accurate conclusion about the society.

Golden's text places the metals industry that developed in the Chalcolithic within the broader Levantine society. It specifically focuses on the social organization of the Levantine Chalcolithic and how the presence of metal affected it. Central to this discussion is the relationship between a social hierarchy and the metals industry. Did an already present social elite commandeer an enterprise they could profit from, or did an elite emerge from those who controlled access to the necessary materials? Golden argues for the convergence at a middle ground over the question of 'what came first, the metal or the elite?'.

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