Myths of the Archaic State: Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations

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Classical archaeology promotes the view that a state's evolution reflects general, universal forces. Norman Yoffee challenges the model in this book by presenting more complex and multi-linear models for the evolution of civilizations. Yoffee questions the definition of the prehistoric state, particularly that which heralds "the chiefdom" as the forerunner of the ancient state and explores case studies on the role of women in ancient societies.

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Classical archaeology promotes the view that a state's evolution reflected general, universal forces. Norman Yoffee challenges this model by presenting more complex and multi-linear models for the evolution of civilizations. In his ground-breaking collection of essays he challenges the definition of the prehistoric state, particularly that which hearlds 'the chiefdom' as the forerunner of the ancient state. He explores questions of agency and identity with case studies on the role of women in ancient societies. He examines the building of archaeological theory and the new direction that it is taking.

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Norman Yoffee is Professor of Mesopotamian Studies and Anthropology at the Centre for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His various publications and edited works include Archaeological Theory: Who Sets the Agenda? (0521440149 HB; 0521449588 PB) and The Collapse of Ancient States and Civilizations (co-editor with George L. Cowgill) (University of Arizona Press, 1988).

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