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ARCH 2300

The Rise (and Demise) of the State in the Near East

A Graduate Seminar ~ Fall 2007
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University

Meets Thursdays 4:00-6:20 pm (the so-called Q-hour) in Joukowsky Institute Seminar Room 203
With: Ömür Harmansah Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies
Office Hours: Wednesday 10-12 am. (and by appointment-please email Ömür)
Office: Joukowsky Institute (70 Waterman St.) Room 202
E-mail: Tel: 401-863-6411

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Discourses on state formation dominate archaeological explorations of Mesopotamia in association with social complexity, urbanization, long-distance trade, and development of writing. Archaeological evidence from 4th-3rd millennia BC were incorporated into narratives of state from chiefdoms to empires, and linked to its and political economies. We will unpack this preoccupation with states in academic practice, while exploring case studies from Mesopotamia, Anatolia and the Levant from 9000 to 2000 BC. Course Description (Long version)

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