Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2011

10 November 2011

The Prehistory of Asia Minor. From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early Urban Societies

Bleda S. Düring

The Prehistory of Asia Minor. From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early Urban Societies

City: Cambridge

Year: 2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Description: Paperback, 374 p., 62 b/w illustrations, 25,3X21,5 cm


In this book, Bleda Düring offers an archaeological analysis of Asia Minor, the area equated with much of modern-day Turkey, from 20,000 to 2,000 BC. During this period human societies moved from small-scale hunter-gatherer groups to complex and hierarchical communities with economies based on agriculture and industry. Dr Düring traces the spread of the Neolithic way of life, which ultimately reached across Eurasia, and the emergence of key human developments, including the domestication of animals, metallurgy, fortified towns and long-distance trading networks. Situated at the junction between Europe and Asia, Asia Minor has often been perceived as a bridge for the movement of technologies and ideas. By contrast, this book argues that cultural developments followed a distinctive trajectory in Asia Minor from as early as 9,000 BC.


List of figures [ix]
List of tables [xi]
Introduction [xiii]

  • The land of Asia Minor [4]
  • Archaeology in Asia Minor [21]
  • Hunter-gatherers of the Epipalaeolithic and Mesolithic (20,000-6,000 BC) [31]
  • Early farmers of the southern plateau (8,500-6,500 BC) [47]
  • Neolithic dispersals (6,500-5,500 BC) [122]
  • Millennia in the middle (5,500-3,000 BC) [200]
  • Elites and commoners (3,000-2,000 BC) [257]

Conclusions [300]
Bibliography [305]
Index [355]


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