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Investigating the Archaeology of Mesopotamian Imperialism in Iron Age Jordan

Referent: Prof. Benjamin W. Porter, Ph.D. | Moderation: Prof. Dr. Adelheid Otto

10.06.2015 um 18:15 Uhr

Berkeley-Lecture im Rahmen der Forschungskooperation zwischen der UC Berkeley und der LMU.

Beginning in the mid-ninth century BCE, the Assyrian Empire began a gradual process of dismantling the autonomous states of the Iron Age Levant, eventually reorganizing many regions to serve the empire's political and economic interests. Even after the Assyrian Empire's demise, the later Babylonian and Achaemenid Persian Empires inherited and modified Assyria's blueprint for provincial administration. What is less known, however, is how provincial societies and their economies responded to these external pressures, particularly those groups living in what is today the Middle Eastern country of Jordan. In his illustrated lecture, Benjamin Porter reviews the archaeological evidence and written sources, and draws on his on-going field research from the Iron Age settlements of Dhiban and Busayra.

Benjamin W. Porter ist Assistant Professor für Vorderasiatische Archäologie an der University of California in Berkeley und Kurator für Vorderasiatische Archäologie am Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Er hält sich derzeit als Gastprofessor an der LMU auf.

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