The Sumerian Takeoff

in Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226013770
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226013787 | DOI:
The Sumerian Takeoff

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This chapter begins with a discussion of how natural and created landscapes determine, reinforce, and compound each other in modern cities and their surrounding areas, which are applicable to earlier cases of urban transformation. A case in point appears to be the crystallization of early Sumerian civilization in the alluvial lowlands of the Tigris–Euphrates rivers of southern Mesopotamia during the Uruk period, which is radiocarbon-dated ca. 3900/3800 to ca. 3200/3100 bc. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: natural landscapes; created landscapes; urban transformation; Sumerian civilization; Tigris–Euphrates rivers; Mesopotamia; Uruk period

Chapter.  3472 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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