Peripheral Concerns - Urban Development in the Bronze Age Southern Levant - Susan Cohen

Peripheral Concerns - Urban Development in the Bronze Age Southern Levant - Susan Cohen

Introduction and Overview

Peripheral Concerns - Urban Development in the Bronze Age Southern Levant - Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen [+-]
Montana State University
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Susan L. Cohen received her Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology and Hebrew Bible from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2000. Her research focuses on the archaeology, history, and international interconnections of the Bronze Age in the southern Levant, with emphasis on rural settlement and subsistence, rural-urban relations, and synchronisms and interactions with ancient Egypt. She was Director of the excavations at the Middle Bronze Age mortuary site of Gesher, and the small rural multi-period site of Tel Zahara, both in the Jordan Valley, and is Co-Director of the Tell Abu Shusha excavations beginning in summer 2019. She is currently Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University, and Chair of the Fellowships Committee of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

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Although both the Early Bronze Age and the Middle Bronze Age in the southern Levant are described as “urban” eras, beyond broad superficial similarities, the urban character of each period differs widely. Rather than assume that this precludes examining the two eras together, these differences instead raise questions about the variables and factors that influenced urban development in the Bronze Age. This chapter introduces and outlines the theoretical approach used throughout this study to examine urban development in the Bronze Age southern Levant. This includes the implementation of a broad scale analysis of settlement patterns over long periods of time, the evaluation of the role of outside influence from one core culture—ancient Egypt—on these processes, and the importance of situating these developments within a perspective that views the southern Levant as but one small peripheral region of the ancient world.

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Cohen, Susan. Introduction and Overview. Peripheral Concerns - Urban Development in the Bronze Age Southern Levant. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-9 Apr 2016. ISBN 9781781791776. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22387. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22387. Apr 2016

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