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Ancient West Asian Civilization : Geoenvironment and Society in the Pre-Islamic Middle East

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Ancient West Asian Civilization : Geoenvironment and Society in the Pre-Islamic Middle East
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Ancient West Asian Civilization
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Geoenvironment and Society in the Pre-Islamic Middle East
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Ancient West Asian Civilization : Geoenvironment and Society in the Pre-Islamic Middle East
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  • Preface -- Contents -- Chapter 1: Introduction: The Aim of Study of Ancient West Asian Civilization -- 1.1 The Terms West Asia and Ancient West Asian Civilization -- 1.2 The Necessity of New Perspectives from Ancient West Asian Civilization -- 1.3 Natural Environment and Its Significance for Civilization -- 1.4 Societal Elements and Technologies That Originated in Ancient West Asia -- 1.5 Toward Urbanization -- 1.6 Aim of This Book -- References -- Part I: Environment and People of Ancient West Asia -- Chapter 2: Geology Based Culture? -- 2.1 Outline of West Asia -- 2.2 Plate Tectonics of West Asia -- 2.3 Continental and Regional Topography of West Asia -- 2.3.1 General View of West Asian Topography -- 2.3.2 The Origin of the Desert -- 2.3.3 Limestone Caves -- 2.4 Geological Features of West Asia -- 2.4.1 General View -- 2.4.2 Carbonate Rock -- 2.4.2.1 Coral and Zooxanthellae -- 2.4.2.2 Formation of Carbonate Rock Bodies -- 2.4.3 Siliceous Rocks -- 2.4.4 Ophiolite -- 2.4.4.1 From the Formation of Basaltic Magma to Its Extrusion -- 2.4.4.2 Question About the Formation of Ophiolites -- 2.4.5 History of Geological Feature in West Asia -- 2.5 Richness of Mineral Deposits in West Asia -- 2.5.1 Petroleum -- 2.5.2 Metallic Minerals -- 2.5.3 Raw Materials for Stone Tools -- 2.6 Conclusions -- References -- Chapter 3: A Brief Review of the Geology of West Asia -- 3.1 Topography and People -- 3.2 Geography -- 3.3 General Geology -- 3.3.1 Type and Thickness of the Crust -- 3.3.2 Crustal Geodynamics and Major Tectonic Plates of WA -- 3.4 Mineral Resources of WA -- 3.4.1 Mineralization Phases -- 3.4.2 Mineral Provinces -- 3.5 Energy Resources in WA -- 3.6 Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 4: Paleoclimatic Changes and Human Cultural Evolution in West Asia -- 4.1 Introduction -- 4.2 Paleoclimatic Changes and Wet Arabia
  • 4.3 Late Pleistocene - Holocene Environmental Changes in Arabia -- 4.4 Climatic Changes and Their Impact -- 4.5 Summary -- References -- Chapter 5: Earthquake Activity in West Asia: Seismicity in the Mediterranean Sea and Evaluation of the Strong Motion for the AD 365 Crete Earthquake Using the Stochastic Green's Function -- 5.1 Introduction -- 5.2 Mythology of the Earthquake and Tsunami -- 5.2.1 The Presence of Giants -- 5.2.2 Poseidon: God of the Sea -- 5.3 Crustal Movements -- 5.4 Seismic Activity -- 5.4.1 Ancient Earthquake Damage -- 5.4.1.1 Aptra -- 5.4.1.2 Seismic Intensity Distribution of Past Earthquake -- 5.4.1.3 Seismic Hazard Map -- 5.4.1.4 Earthquake Scale -- 5.5 Estimation of Earthquake Ground Motions -- 5.5.1 Parameter Setting -- 5.5.2 Small Event -- 5.5.3 Site-Specific Data -- 5.5.4 Estimation of the AD 365 Earthquake Ground Motions Waveforms -- 5.6 Summary and Conclusions -- References -- Part II: Great Transformations in Prehistory -- Chapter 6: The Origins of Agriculture -- 6.1 Changing Perspectives on the Origin of Agriculture -- 6.2 The Core Area Hypothesis -- 6.3 Critique of the Single Origin of Crop Domestication -- 6.4 Protracted Process of Crop Domestication -- 6.5 Multiple Origins of Crop Domestication -- 6.6 Conclusions -- References -- Chapter 7: The "Commodification" of Animals -- 7.1 Introduction -- 7.2 The Beginnings of Animal Domestication -- 7.3 Economic and Ecological Aspects of Early Animal Domestication -- 7.4 Later Animal Domestications -- 7.5 Conclusions -- References -- Chapter 8: The Beginnings of Metal Use in West Asia -- 8.1 Introduction -- 8.2 Human Use of Metals: History of Metallurgy -- 8.3 The Neolithization and the Appearance of Copper as the First Metal -- 8.4 Later Development -- 8.5 Conclusion -- References -- Part III: Urbanization and Change in Human Societies
  • Chapter 9: The Birth of Cities in Ancient West Asia -- 9.1 Introduction -- 9.2 The Challenges of Early Cities to Traditional Archaeological Methods -- 9.2.1 Satellite Remote Sensing and Early Cities -- 9.2.2 Archaeological Survey and Early Cities -- 9.3 Early Cities and Non-Cities in West Asia -- 9.3.1 Early Experiments and "Proto-Cities" -- 9.3.2 Emergence of High-Density Early Cities -- 9.4 The Birth of Cities: How and Why -- References -- Chapter 10: The Invention of Cuneiform and the Dawn of the Modern World -- 10.1 Introduction -- 10.2 First Writing -- 10.3 How Cuneiform Works -- 10.4 The Rich Cuneiform Library -- 10.5 Clay and Reed and the Human Hand -- 10.6 Twenty-First Century Mesopotamian Expertise -- References -- Further Reading -- Chapter 11: The World's Oldest Writing in Mesopotamia and the Japanese Writing System -- 11.1 Invention of Writing and Its Prehistory -- 11.2 Characteristics of the Oldest Writing -- 11.3 The Impact of Writing on Clay -- 11.4 Similarity of the Cuneiform Akkadian and Japanese Writing Systems -- References -- Further Reading -- Chapter 12: Ancient Mesopotamian Gods: Mythology, Cult, and Scripture -- 12.1 Mesopotamian Religion: Introduction and Sources -- 12.2 The Perception of Mesopotamian Gods -- 12.3 Myth: Flood and Creation of Man -- 12.4 Cult: The Divine Image -- 12.5 Scripture: Gods and Texts -- References -- Further Reading -- Part IV: Importance of Cultural Heritage -- Chapter 13: Do Archaeological and Conservation Sciences Save Cultural Heritage?: Cultural Identity and Reviving Values After Demolishment -- 13.1 Introduction -- 13.2 Destruction as Cultural Cleansing and Cultural Genocide -- 13.3 After the Destruction of Afghanistan's Giant Buddhas -- 13.4 Reviving Cultural and Scientific Values After Demolishment of the Bamiyan Site -- 13.5 Post-International Safeguarding Phase in Afghanistan
  • 13.6 Cultural Identity and Tourism in Bamiyan -- References -- Chapter 14: Conservation and Archaeological Science for the Protection and Understanding of Ancient Craftsmanship in Cultural Heritage -- 14.1 Introduction -- 14.2 The Intangible Value of Everyday Objects -- 14.3 Conservation and Archaeological Science -- 14.4 Constructive Analysis -- 14.5 The Statues of Pepi I -- 14.6 Conclusion -- References -- Further Reading -- Part V: Synthesis -- Chapter 15: Some Observations and Future Directions -- 15.1 Introduction -- 15.2 Themes in Ancient West Asian Civilization -- 15.3 The Importance of a Deep-Time Perspective -- 15.4 Methodological Perspectives -- 15.5 Implementation and Future Directions -- References -- Conclusion
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