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Citadel and Cemetery in Early Bronze Age Anatolia

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Citadel and Cemetery in Early Bronze Age Anatolia is the first synthetic and interpretive monograph on the region and time period (ca. 3000-2200 BCE). The book organizes this vast, dense and often obscure archaeological corpus into thematic chapters, and isolates three primary contexts for analysis: the settlements and households of villages, the cemeteries of villages, and the monumental citadels of agrarian elites. The book is a study of contrasts between the social logic and ideological/ritual panoply of villages and citadels. The material culture, social organization and social life of Early Bronze Age villages is not radically different from the farming settlements of earlier periods in Anatolia. On the other hand the monumental citadel is unprecedented; the material culture of the Early Bronze Age citadel informs the beginning of a long era in Anatolia, defined by the existence of an agrarian elite who exaggerated inequality and the degree of separation from those who did not live on citadels. This is a study of the ascendance of the citadel ca. 2600 BCE, and related consequences for villages in Early Bronze Age Anatolia.

Published: Jan 1, 2016


Section Chapter Authors
List of Figures Christoph Bachhuber
List of Maps and Tables Christoph Bachhuber
Preface Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 1
Four Proto-histories Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 2
Landscape and Settlement Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 3
Villages Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 4
Cemeteries Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 5
The Monumental Choreography of Citadels Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 6
The Agrarian Foundation of Citadel Elites Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 7
Connectivity and Refinement on Citadels Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 8
Spectacle and Communion on Citadels Christoph Bachhuber
Chapter 9
Metahistory and the Bronze Age in Anatolia Christoph Bachhuber
End Matter
References Christoph Bachhuber
Index Christoph Bachhuber

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A most welcome contribution not only to the archaeology of Anatolia, but also in terms of the distinct approach it features in assessing archaeological evidence within a defined geographical entity. Instead of following the conventional archaeological narrative of chronologies and typologies, the author presents his assessment of Early Bronze Age Anatolia by unscrambling the evidence into certain components.
Certainly it is not the first work to draw a picture of the social life of a particular region, but it is one of the very few where the author has an excellent grasp of the evidence.
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