International Monographs in Prehistory: Archaeological Series
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Villages in the Steppe
Late Neolithic Settlement and Subsistence in the Balikh Valley, Northern Syria
Peter M. Akkermans
351 pages, 65 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-87962-111-4 $180.00/£128.00 Hb Published (December 1993)
ISBN 978-1-87962-110-7 $59.95/£43.00 Pb Published (December 1993)
In this book, Akkermans provides a systematic overview of the Halaf culture in the Syrian portion of the valley of the Balikh River, a tributary of the Euphrates. Following a broad exposition of the geography of the region, excavation results, definition of chronological periods within the Halaf, and patterns of site distributions, interpretive questions are explored. These include site types and the problems of determining site hierarchies, the nature of Halaf subsistence, and the role of exchange in the Halaf culture.
Peter M. Akkermans is an archaeologist and Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology at Leiden University. He is a former curator of the Netherlands National Museum of Antiquities, and co-authored The Archaeology of Syria: From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early Urban Societies (c. 16,000-300 BC), (Cambridge University Press, 2004).