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Journey to the City

A Companion to the Middle East Galleries at the Penn Museum

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The Penn Museum has a long and storied history of research and archaeological exploration in the ancient Middle East. This book highlights this rich depth of knowledge while also serving as a companion volume to the Museum's signature Middle East Galleries opening in April 2018. This edited volume includes chapters and integrated short, focused pieces from Museum curators and staff actively involved in the detailed planning of the new galleries. In addition to highlighting the most remarkable and interesting objects in the Museum's extraordinary Middle East collections, this volume illuminates the primary themes within these galleries (make, settle, connect, organize, and believe) and provides a larger context within which to understand them. The ancient Middle East is home to the first urban settlements in human history, dating to the fourth millennium BCE; therefore, tracing this move toward city life figures prominently in the book. The topic of urbanization, how it came about and how these early steps still impact our daily lives, is explored from regional and localized perspectives, bringing us from Mesopotamia (Ur, Uruk, and Nippur) to Islamic and Persianate cites (Rayy and Isfahan) and, finally, connecting back to life in modern Philadelphia. Through examination of topics such as landscape, resources, trade, religious belief and burial practices, daily life, and nomads, this very important human journey is investigated both broadly and with specific case studies.

Author Biography

Steve Tinney is Deputy Director at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Associate Curator in the Babylonian Section. Karen Sonik is Assistant Professor of Art History at Auburn University.
Release date NZ
March 15th, 2019
Contributors
Edited by Karen Sonik Edited by Steve Tinney
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
300 color illus.
Imprint
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Pages
320
ISBN-13
9781931707145
Product ID
27875097

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