A Central Asian Village at the Dawn of Civilization
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
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.
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