- Series: New Studies in Archaeology
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (July 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521038103
- ISBN-13: 978-0521038102
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,625,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Limits of Settlement Growth: A Theoretical Outline (New Studies in Archaeology) 1st Edition
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"This handsome and well-produced volume is densly written but very important to consider." Journal of Anthropological Research
"...those interested in urbanism will gain from Fletcher's perspectives." Choice
"...this book is important; it is Big Picture archaeology at its best and a provocative and stimulating proposal worthy of consideration." John E. Robb, American Anthropologist
"...it's not just for archaeologists: anyone interested in cities should read it. ...It's a great, useful, hopeful book. Useful for scholarship, hopeful for planning." --H-Net Review
In this study Roland Fletcher argues that the built environment becomes a constraint on long-term settlement development. He reviews worldwide settlement growth over the past 15,000 years in the light of the limits imposed by buildings, layouts and forms of communication, and concludes with a major discussion of the great transformations of human settlements -- from mobile to sedentary, sedentary to urban, and urban to industrial. This ambitious contribution to archaeological theory has implications for the future of urban settlement.
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