By Lisa Cooper

Studying archaeological proof from websites protecting over two hundred kilometres of the banks of the Euphrates River, Lisa Cooper's very good monograph explores the expansion and improvement of human payment within the Euphrates River Valley of Northern Syria through the Early and center Bronze a while from circa 2700 to 1550 BC.

Cooper specializes in the character and improvement of the city politics that existed within the region in the course of those sessions and highlights primary inter-related features of the Euphrates Valley:
* the examine of particular elements of Euphrates tradition, comparable to the character of city secular and spiritual structure, mortuary is still, and subsistence ambitions, to underline the original personality of this quarter throughout the Early and heart Bronze Ages
* the outstanding resilience of its cultural traditions over many centuries regardless of the political instability and environmental degradation.

Including reviews on the tribal history of the populations, the economic climate, the original geography of the Euphrates, the ethnic and social constitution of its population, and the impacts of states surrounding it, this can be a specified and important source for all scholars of archaeology and historic background.

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These jars make their first appearance in Phase 5, but they continue into Phase 6, where they become even more frequent. For the most part, these jars have wide, globular bodies. Many may be akin to the jars just mentioned since they are usually neckless, although many have wider bodies and rim diameters. Phase 5 is defined especially by the appearance of many restricted necked storage jars. 7m). Such large jars have no precursors in the earlier phases of the Early Bronze, but they continue into Phase 6 and the subsequent Middle Bronze Age, albeit with different rim forms.

The terrace upon which the site of Tell es-Sweyhat is situated is one such plain. This large crescentic embayment, which is about 7 km east–west, and 10 km north–south, would have offered extensive agricultural and grazing opportunities. Moreover, it would have supported a number of both small and large settlements in antiquity, as it does today. In other areas of the Euphrates Valley, river terraces are merely narrow strips running alongside the flood plain, the steep uplands rising immediately behind them.

2 Phase 1–2 pottery. fairly wide distribution covering much of southern Turkey and western Syria, are distinguished by their thin, out-flared sinuous profiles, and also by small ring bases (Dornemann 1988: 17; Jamieson 1993: 46). For the most part, cyma recta cups are diagnostic of the northern stretch of the Syrian Euphrates, while further to the south below Tell Hadidi, they are much rarer. At Halawa Tell B, a variant of a cyma recta cup is distinguished by the absence of a small ring base. 2h).

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