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Mesopotamian Civilization : The Material Foundations Hardcover – January 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0801433399 ISBN-10: 0801433398

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"The author has succeeded in producing a useful compendium of stand-alone essays covering some of the often-glossed-over aspects of ancient Mesopotamian civilization. The book is sure to become familiar reading to students of the ancient Near East—a testament to its merits."—Michael Danti, Biblical Archaeologist

"The great merit of the book is that Potts tries always to bring in what the written cuneiform record has to say about his subjects, and he frequently succeeds in making juxtapositions that are strikingly informative and in putting matters in a new light."—Daniel C. Snell, American Historical Review

"This excellent book covers many important subjects that are not discussed in more conventional treatments of ancient Mesopotamia."—Jerrold S. Cooper, The Johns Hopkins University

About the Author

D.T. Potts has been Professor of Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney, Australia since 1991. His previous books include The Pre-Islamic Coinage of Eastern Arabia, Further Excavations at Tell Abraq and The Arabian Gulf in Antiquity. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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D.T. Potts is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University. From 1991 to 2012 he was the Edwin Cuthbert Hall Professor of Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney. Educated at Harvard, he previously taught at the Free University of Berlin (1981-1986) and the Univ. of Copenhagen (1980-1981, 1986-1991). He is a specialist in the archaeology and early history of Iran, Mesopotamia and the Arabian peninsula. He is the founding editor of the journal Arabian Archaeology & Epigraphy; a Corresponding Member of ISMEO; and a Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute. He has excavated at sites in Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and was co-director, with Lloyd Weeks (Nottingham) and Cameron Petrie (Cambridge), of a joint Iranian-Australian archaeological project in the Mamasani district of western Fars Province, investigating the prehistory and early history of the area at Tol-e Nurabad, Tol-e Spid and Qaleh Kali. His latest book, Nomadism in Iran: From Antiquity to the Modern Era, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

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