The Leading eBooks Store Online 4,363,412 members ⚫ 1,467,645 ebooks

New to eBooks.com?

Learn more

The Southern Transjordan Edomite Plateau and the Dead Sea Rift Valley

The Bronze Age to the Islamic Period (3800/3700 BC–AD 1917)

The Southern Transjordan Edomite Plateau and the Dead Sea Rift Valley by Burton MacDonald
Buy this eBook
US$ 60.00
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)
Burton MacDonald presents an in-depth study of the archaeology and history of human presence over the past five-six thousand years in the southern segment of the Transjordan/Edomite Plateau and the Dead Sea Rift Valley to the west. The evidence from archaeology for the area spans the entire period though the time for which literary evidence is available is only the past 4000 years, from the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1550 BC). Once literary evidence is available, however, it complements the archaeological record and, as can be amply demonstrated, the written records can be clarified only through the archaeological data. These two sources are, thus, used to describe environments, resources, industries, settlement patterns, and the lifestyles of the inhabitants of this pivotal region. The result is a “story” of the people who lived in the area from the Bronze Age through the Islamic period.

What is evident is that there were differences in certain archaeological periods in settlement patterns, as well as lifestyles, between those who lived on the southern segment of the Plateau and those who lived in the Dead Sea Rift Valley or in the lowlands immediately to the west. Moreover, it is obvious that when there were periods of trade and industry, for example, the spice trade and copper mining and processing, the population of the area was higher. Stable governance brought about growth in population and prosperity. But other factors also played their part in these ebbs and flows of population: climatic fluctuations affecting the availability of water and arable land; the development and adoption of new technologies in farming practices, raw material extraction and industrial methods, processes and transportation; and political change resulting in periods of relative stability and instability in government.
Oxbow Books; March 2015
208 pages; ISBN 9781782978336
Read online, or download in secure EPUB or secure PDF format
Title: The Southern Transjordan Edomite Plateau and the Dead Sea Rift Valley
Author: Burton MacDonald
 
Subject categories
ISBNs
9781782978329
9781782978336
9781782978350