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Daily Life, Materiallity,and Complexity in Early Urban by Meredith S. Chesson

By Meredith S. Chesson

This quantity emerges from a consultation honoring Walter E. Rast and R. Thomas Schaub held through the 2003 Annual assembly of the yankee faculties of Oriental examine in Atlanta, Georgia and contains multiplied types of the various papers provided in that consultation. by way of amassing in Atlanta, and through engaging during this quantity, the participants honor the careers and scholarly passions of Walt and Tom, whose paintings in southern Levantine archaeology started within the Sixties once they have been younger students operating with Paul Lapp. The breadth and intensity of expertise of the individuals disciplinary and theoretical pursuits displays the shared impact of and esteem for Walt s and Tom s personal scholarly presents as archaeologists, mentors, collaborators, and highbrow innovators. the first disciplinary houses for the students contributing to this quantity surround a large variety of equipment and techniques to studying in regards to the previous: anthropological archaeology, close to jap archaeology, biblical archaeology, and actual anthropology. Their institutional houses contain universities and institutes in Canada, Denmark, Israel, Jordan, Sweden, the uk, and the USA; their theoretical houses contain the broadly-conceived archaeological frameworks of culture-history, processualism, and post-processualism. jointly, those papers mirror the large breadth of effect that Tom s and Walt s scholarly contributions have made to EB studies.

Walt and Tom shared a present that many have benefited from: mild listening, wondering, and pushing for extra subtle analyses of Early Bronze Age lifestyles. Their keen engagement of more youthful students, in addition to their involvement with their friends, arises from their commitment to listening good, devoting time to others rules and views, and a beneficiant willingness to provide freely to others out of the wealthy depths in their lifelong scholarly objectives and profound figuring out of the Early Bronze Age, archaeology, and lifestyles typically. the various members to this quantity have won larger realizing as a result of Walt's and Tom's reward of listening, willing insights, and bottomless enthusiasm for studying extra in regards to the prior and the current within the southern Levant. The 18 essays offered listed here are to honor either males for those presents either to the self-discipline of archaeology and to such a lot of folks engaged in that highbrow activity.

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Levant is that two-thirds of the grain was wheat and one-third was barley (Rosen 1986: 171).  14 In order to feed the town’s chief animals—namely, cattle and caprines—additional land is required. Again, the minimum number for the livestock is calculated. Cattle were, inter alia, used to plough the arable land. 5 ha (approx. 11 acres) of land per year (Rosen 1986: 169). Thus, approximately 70 ox-equivalents are needed to plough 300 ha (750 acres), but the total figure for the bovines was certainly higher (cf.

02%—are noteworthy. This characterizes the type of copper quite accurately. The concentration of As is also interesting, seeming to divide the objects into three 22. I am most grateful to J. Riederer of the Rathgen Laboratory in Berlin for analyzing the copper-base items from Tell Abu al-Kharaz. 36 Peter M. 01%. This may point to three, or at least two, copper ores. However, it is possible that the As-rich groups derive from the primary ore, whereas the As-poor group derives from the corrosion zone with secondary minerals.

Thus, a population of 1,000 individuals requires somewhat less than 200 metric tons of grain a year. Average figures for the production of wheat are put at 650 kg/ha (260 kg/acre) and for barley at 800 kg/ha (320 kg/acre; cf. Kramer 1982 passim; Rosen 1986: 12) but less productive crops may be assumed in our area during the Bronze Age. We have shown in the chapter on flora and fauna (Fischer 2006; 2008) that barley dominates over wheat during the Middle and Late Bronze Ages but that the opposite was the case during the Early Bronze Age.

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