SAOC 25. The Comparative Archeology of Early Mesopotamia Ann Louise Perkins

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This most useful work will be an invaluable help in many different ways to all students of early Near Eastern civilization, for not only does it give a stratigraphical survey and an exhaustive account of all the material found, but it attempts to allocate that material to its proper chronological setting and to correlate the evidence from one site with that from another, and the cultures of the North with those of the South as far as it is possible to do so. The present book deserves the utmost praise, for Dr. Perkins, in what she modestly implies is a pioneer work, has most ably carried out her purpose which was “to gather together the material now available, to make some attempt to organize it chronologically, with tentative equations of levels, and to suggest what the cultural phases seem to comprise and how they seem to fit together” (p. 195). She has assuredly succeeded in her aims, and although we may not fully agree with all her deductions, her conclusions as a whole are so carefully considered and her appraisals so judicious that what she has written will long remain the essential starting-point for future investigations in that field of research. [From a review by E. Douglas van Buren in Orientalia 19 (1950) 202-06]

  • Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization 25
  • Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1949
  • Pp. xix + 200; 20 figures, 1 map, 3 tables
  • Out of Print