3.993 Archaeology of the Middle East
Focus on the rise of settled communities, cities, and empires and their technological achievements in various areas of the Middle East including Anatolia, the Levant, and Mesopotamia. Using archaeological and written sources, examines why such complex societies arose in this area. Considers the technological basis of these societies; the role of temples and religious hierarchies, of crafts and trade in luxury goods, of writing and bureaucracies, and of class stratification in the rise of early civilizations.
Region: Middle East
MIT Department: Material Science and Engineering
Contact: Merrick, Harry V.