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The Social Construction of Ancient Cities Paperback – July 6, 2010

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What made ancient cities successful? What are the similarities between modern cities and ancient ones?  Examining ancient cities from the "bottom up" perspective, the authors in this volume explore the ways in which cities were actually created by ordinary inhabitants.  They track the development of urban space from the point of view of individuals and households, providing new insights into cities' roles as social centers as well as focal points of political and economic activities.

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Monica L. Smith is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Monica L. Smith is a California native who grew up in the greater Los Angeles area. She currently teaches at UCLA, and conducts research on ancient urbanism through archaeological surveys and excavations. She has written on food and culture, objects and their role in creating personal identity, and the long history of humans as the "consuming primate."

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