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    From: Thomas Urban Add To Address Book The Oriental Institute announces the in print and online publications of the new title listed
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      From: Thomas Urban <turban@...> Add To Address Book

      The Oriental Institute announces the in print and online publications of
      the new title listed below.

      Thomas G. Urban

      The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies,
      Volume 1.
      The Foundations of Research and Regional Survey in the Tsaghkahovit
      Plain, Armenia

      Adam T. Smith, Ruben S. Badalyan, Pavel Avetisyan

      With contributions by Alan Greene and Leah Minc

      Oriental Institute Publications, Volume 134

      Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2009

      ISBN-13: 978-1-885923-62-2

      Pp. xlvi + 410; 72 figures, 82 plates, 7 tables

      $90.00

      http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/pubs/catalog/oip/oip134.html

      Until recently, the South Caucasus was a virtual terra incognita on
      Western archaeological maps of southwest Asia. The conspicuous absence
      of marked places — of site names, toponyms, and topography — gave the
      impression of a region distant, unknown, and vacant. The Joint
      American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient
      Transcaucasian Societies (Project ArAGATS) was founded in 1998 to
      explore this terrain. Our investigations were guided by two overarching
      goals: to illuminate the social and political transformations central to
      the region’s unique (pre)history and to explore the broader intellectual
      implications of collaboration between the rich archaeological traditions
      of Armenia (former U.S.S.R.) and the United States.

      This volume provides the first encompassing report on the ongoing
      studies of Project ArAGATS, detailing the general context of
      contemporary archaeological research in the South Caucasus as well as
      the specific context of our regional investigations in the Tsaghkahovit
      Plain of central Armenia. The book opens with detailed examinations of
      the history of archaeology in the South Caucasus, the theoretical
      problems that currently orient archaeological research, and a
      comprehensive reevaluation of the material bases for regional chronology
      and periodization.

      The work then provides the complete results of our regional
      investigations in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, including the findings of the
      first systematic pedestrian survey ever conducted in the Caucasus.
      Thanks to the results presented in this volume, and Project ArAGATS’s
      ongoing excavations in the area, the Tsaghkahovit Plain is today the
      best-known archaeological region in the South Caucasus. The present
      volume thus provides archaeologists with both an orientation to the
      prehistory of the South Caucasus and the complete findings of the first
      phase of Project ArAGATS’s field investigations.

      To order the printed book, in North America contact The David Brown Book
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