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A Central Asian Village at the Dawn of Civilization
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This integration of earlier and new scholarship reconceptualizes the origins of civilization, challenging the received view that the ancient Near East spawned the spread of civilization outward from Mesopotamia to all other neighboring cultures. Central Asia is here shown to have been a major player in the development of cities.

Skillfully documenting the different phases of both Soviet and earlier Western external analyses along with recent excavation results, this new interpretation reveals Central Asia's role in the socioeconomic and political processes linked to both the Iranian Plateau and the Indus Valley, showing how it contributed substantively to the origins of urbanism in the Old World. Hiebert's research at Anau and his focus on the Chalcolithic levels provide an essential starting point for understanding both the nature of village life and the historical trajectories that resulted in Bronze Age urbanism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. 1 Anau North, an Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2 The Settlement History of Central Asia in the Village Period
  2. pp. 15-23
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  1. 3 The History of Investigations at Anau North
  2. pp. 24-31
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  1. 4 1997 Excavations: Context of Deposition and Stratigraphy
  2. pp. 32-54
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  1. 5 Radiocarbon Chronology
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. 6 Ceramic Complexes of Anau North and Relative Chronology
  2. pp. 57-80
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  1. 7 Small Finds from Anau North, with Ogul’sona Lollekova and Katherine M. Moore
  2. pp. 81-97
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  1. 8 Architecture at Anau North
  2. pp. 98-115
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  1. 9 Burials, with L. Warner and K. Kurbansakhatov
  2. pp. 116-126
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  1. 10 The Use of Plants at Anau North
  2. pp. 127-138
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  1. 11 Microscopic Analysis of Soils from Anau North
  2. pp. 139-153
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  1. 12 Animal Herding, Hunting, and the History of Animal Domestication at Anau depe
  2. pp. 154-159
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  1. 13 Prehistoric Behavior at Anau North
  2. pp. 160-168
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  1. 14 The Evolution of the Settlement at Anau North
  2. pp. 169-173
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  1. Appendix A 1904 Excavations at Anau North
  2. pp. 174-193
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  1. Appendix B Catalogue of Small Finds from the 1904 Excavations
  2. pp. 194-200
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  1. Appendix C Botanical Data from the 1997 Excavations
  2. pp. 201-215
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  1. Appendix D A Basketry/Textile Impression from Anau North
  2. pp. 216-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-235
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 236-238
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