Globalizing ideas in West Asian material history

Authored by: Tamar Hodos

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415841306
eBook ISBN: 9781315449005
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315449005.ch55

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Abstract

West Asia is a vast geographic territory that extends from the Bosphorus to the Iranian plateau, across the Arabian peninsula, down to the Sinai, and up to the Southern Caucasus. Its socio-cultural history encompasses diverse peoples and groups, each with fluid settlement and impact boundaries over their respective floruits. Although cultures and empires from this region have emerged and declined, connectivity networks remain an important facet of their successful dissemination of ideas, instructions, individuals, and influence. These networks and their impacts upon the human experience extend from as early as the spread of agricultural techniques out of the Fertile Crescent to today’s development of the Saadiyat Cultural District in Abu Dhabi. They can be characterized at various times as globalization.

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