Epilogue Early Sumerian Societies: A Research Agenda

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:
Epilogue Early Sumerian Societies: A Research Agenda

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This epilogue summarizes the major evidentiary problems that hinder our comprehension of the full range of factors at play at the time of the emergence of early Mesopotamian civilization, and that will continue to do so in the future until they are resolved. Toward that goal, it offers suggestions for future research geared to obtaining the missing evidence, when such research becomes possible. This is imperative if a full evaluation is to be made of the main hypothesis advanced in this book, that of the centrality of the ramifications of trade to the evolution of early civilizations in general and to early Mesopotamian urban process in particular.

Keywords: Mesopotamian civilization; trade; urban process; early civilization

Chapter.  5412 words. 

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

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