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7. The Lower Jordan Valley and the Ghor: A Case for Urban Life in Jordan in the 3rd Millennium BCE

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1. Title Title of document 7. The Lower Jordan Valley and the Ghor: A Case for Urban Life in Jordan in the 3rd Millennium BCE - Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the Bronze Age
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Zeidan Kafafi; Yarmouk University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
4. Subject Keyword(s) Early Bronze Age; Southern Levant; Suzanne Richard; interconnectivity in the Levant; Chalcolithic; Middle Bronze Age; first urban period in Palestine
5. Subject Subject classification Early Bronze Age; Southern Levant
6. Description Abstract This paper focuses on tracing the development of urbanism through major transitions in the Early Bronze Age, particularly in Jordan. The paper revisits various pertinent topics for the Early Bronze Age, such as continuity/discontinuity, urbanization, and the city-state model, in light of recent discoveries and research. The article will survey sites primarily from the Lower Jordan Valley and the Ghors from the Chalcolithic through the EB IV period. The author will attempt to make the case for urbanization, continuity, and the city-state model in Jordan. The article also considers the Egyptian presence and possible influence on urbanism in the period. During the fourth millennium BCE the southern Levant was in permanent contact with Egypt through copper trade. Evidence for this trade in Jordan was found in the archaeological excavations conducted at sites, such as Hujeirat el-Ghuzlan and Maqas, on the eastern side of the Wadi Arabah. This relationship enhanced at the beginning of the third millennium BCE, after the start of the Dynastic Period in Egypt and, undoubtedly, impacted the urbanization development in the southern Levant. I dedicate this brief survey on the Early Bronze Age to my dear friend and colleague for many years in Jordan, Dr. Suzanne Richard.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Jan-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.37724
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the Bronze Age
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Levant,
late 4th to early 2nd millennia BCE
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd