Ancient Middle Niger. Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape

Roderick J McIntosh, Rita Wright (Editor)

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    Abstract

    "The cities of West Africa's Middle Niger, only recently brought to the world's attention, make us rethink the 'whys' and the 'wheres' of ancient urbanism. The cities of the Middle Niger present the archaeologist with something of a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. Ancient Middle Niger explores the emergence of these cities in the first millennium BC and the evolution of their hinterlands from the perspective of the self-organized landscape. Cities appeared in a series of profound transforms to the human-land relations and this book illustrates how each transform was a leap in complexity. The book ends with an examination of certain critical moments in the emergence of other urban landscapes in Mesopotamia, along the Nile, and in northern China, through a Middle Niger lens. Highly-illustrated throughout, this work is a key text for all students of African archaeology and of comparative pre-industrial urbanism."--Jacket
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages261
    ISBN (Print)9780521012430, 052181300X, 0521012430, 9780521813006
    StatePublished - 2005

    Publication series

    NameCase studies in early societies
    Volume7

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    Urbanism
    Organizing
    Niger
    Millennium
    Novelty
    Hinterland
    Nile
    China
    Urban Landscape
    Archaeologists
    West Africa
    African Archaeology
    Mesopotamia
    Jacket

    Keywords

    • Vor- und Frühgeschichte
    • Antiquities
    • Niger
    • Excavations (Archaeology)
    • Landscape assessment
    • Urbanisering
    • Utgrävningar
    • Stadtentwicklung
    • Niger River Valley
    • Mittlerer Niger
    • Stadt
    • Cities and towns, Ancient
    • Urbanization
    • Villes
    • Stadsarkeologi

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    McIntosh, R. J., & Wright, R. (Ed.) (2005). Ancient Middle Niger. Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape. (Case studies in early societies; Vol. 7). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    Ancient Middle Niger. Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape. / McIntosh, Roderick J; Wright, Rita (Editor).

    Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2005. 261 p. (Case studies in early societies; Vol. 7).

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    McIntosh, RJ & Wright, R (ed.) 2005, Ancient Middle Niger. Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape. Case studies in early societies, vol. 7, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
    McIntosh RJ, Wright R, (ed.). Ancient Middle Niger. Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 261 p. (Case studies in early societies).
    McIntosh, Roderick J ; Wright, Rita (Editor). / Ancient Middle Niger. Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2005. 261 p. (Case studies in early societies).
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