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Book: Framing Archaeology in the Near East

Chapter: The Role of Communication in Late 3rd Millennium BC Mesopotamian Society Supported by Cross-disciplinary Interpretative Tools

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.26358


Currently available data and indirect clues on cultures of late third millennium B.C. southern Mesopotamia have been largely used for in-depth studies on social, political and economic aspects of life in that age. In fact, the study of Mesopotamian history and specific cultural features of the ancient Babylonian region of late third millennium have been out of necessity grounded more on the content of the many known written documents than on the products of material culture or other relics. Written sources revealed themselves useful to scholars to outline a number of central social and political features of this period, but many poorly-explored aspects of this cuneiform heritage are probably rich of interesting data for interpreting Mesopotamian history.

Chapter Contributors

  • Alessandro Di Ludovico ( - adludovico) '“La Sapienza” Università di Roma'