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The Social Construction of Ancient Cities

Monica I. Smith

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ISBN 10: 1588340988 / ISBN 13: 9781588340986
Published by Smithsonian, 2003
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Title: The Social Construction of Ancient Cities

Publisher: Smithsonian

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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A fresh new perspective on ancient cities and the social networks and relations that built and sustained them

This book marks a dramatic change in direction for the archaeology of ancient cities. Previous investigations have tended to focus largely on either monuments, palaces, and other large structures or on cities’ hinterlands and territories, and were preoccupied with topics such as settlement patterns and long-distance exchanges of material goods and cultural practices. The archaeologists who contributed to this book return their attention to the heart of ancient cities, examining urban centers in countries around the world, including Mexico, Africa, India, and China. Their research and analysis demonstrate how complex networks of social relations and structures gave rise to the formation of ancient cities, contributed to their cohesion, and sustained their growth, much as they do in modern urban centers.

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What made ancient cities successful? What are the similarities between modern cities and ancient ones?  Examining ancient cities from the "bottom up" perspective, the authors in this volume explore the ways in which cities were actually created by ordinary inhabitants.  They track the development of urban space from the point of view of individuals and households, providing new insights into cities' roles as social centers as well as focal points of political and economic activities.

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