Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xvi

...This book is the culmination of research conducted over the past decade on the Early Iron Age communities of the Levant. I first became intrigued by Iron Age Jordan as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, and my participation on two excavation projects at Tall Madaba and Khirbat...

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1. Introduction: The Persistence of Community

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pp. 1-12

...Thinking clearly about the notion of “community” in today’s world is difficult. Politicians, marketers, and civic groups use the term to unite people within social groups that promise intimacy and egalitarianism. The call for community evokes nostalgia for presumably utopian pasts that existed...

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2. Communal Complexity on the Margins

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pp. 13-37

...Public audiences celebrate archaeology for its investigation of “civilizations”— Mesopotamian, Roman, the Mayan and the Aztec, to name only a handful— that consistently dominate television programming and glossy magazine covers. The broad appeal of civilization persists...

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3. Measuring Social Complexity in the Early Iron Age

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pp. 38-68

...Archaeologists are rarely drawn to periods in history known for declining levels of social complexity. These eras lack the traditional trappings of civilization— urban centers, bureaucracies, written archives, and monumental architecture— for which archaeological research is most celebrated....

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4. Producing Community

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pp. 69-103

...Many preindustrial societies organized their relationships around the production of materials needed to sustain themselves and their immediate dependents. This observation partly explains why small-scale human organizations form in the very first instance. Production does more than make...

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5. Managing Community

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pp. 104-132

...What was the nature of leadership in Early Iron Age west- central Jordan? What role did wealth play in constituting this authority? Did the presence of leaders contribute to the communities’ resilience or did it destabilize it? Were there limits to leaders’ authority? This chapter will investigate these...

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6. Conclusion: The Complex Community

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pp. 133-148

...At first glance, the Early Iron Age communities of west-central Jordan appear to have followed patterns relatively common among small-scale agropastoralist sedentary societies in the Near East. Each community organized its livelihood according to what it could produce from naturally available...

Notes

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pp. 149-168

References

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pp. 169-196

Index

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pp. 197-204

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About the Author

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pp. 205-205

...Benjamin W. Porter is an archaeologist whose research focuses on the Bronze and Iron Age societies of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. He is an assistant professor of Near Eastern archaeology at the University of California–Berkeley and a curator of Near Eastern archaeology at...