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This quantity provides an enormous number of essays on background and archaeology of the traditional center East, written by means of the prime students within the box. according to papers awarded on the ASOR Centennial get together in Washington DC in 2000, those essays offer an invaluable synthesis of the result of North American excavations within the heart East sector during the last century, and their implications for old and anthropological learn. however the concentration is not only retrospective; a few of the members also are serious about a potential view, looking to deal with how archaeologists may still continue with their paintings firstly of the twenty-first century. many of the papers be aware of the foremost ancient classes, from the Bronze and Iron a while to the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman, Byzantine and Islamic classes; in addition they think of particular geographical parts and different thematic themes, similar to expertise, faith, economics and politics. participants comprise: James Muhly, Robert S Merrillees, William Dever, Al Leonard, Jonathan Tubb, Sharon Herbert, Elizabeth Stone, James Weinstein, Rudolph Dornemann, Ian Morris, and Jane Waldbaum.

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