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The Amuq Valley: Ethnic Identity during the Early Iron Age

The Amuq Valley: Ethnic Identity during the Early Iron Age

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The collapse of Bronze Age civilization in the late second millennium and the emergence of territorial states in the ensuing Iron Age have been the focus of intense archaeological scrutiny in recent years. While it has become increasingly evident that cultural groups cannot be viewed as monolithic, homogenous entities, and that tracing the origins of distinct populations is an impossible avenue to pursue, it is also clear that ethnicity, and more specifically ethnic identity, played a profound role in shaping the fragmented cultural and political landscape that emerged across much of the Near East at the end of the Late Bronze Age and during the Early Iron Age.
The collapse of Bronze Age civilization in the late second millennium and the emergence of territorial states in the ensuing Iron Age have been the focus of intense archaeological scrutiny in recent years. While it has become increasingly evident that cultural groups cannot be viewed as monolithic, homogenous entities, and that tracing the origins of distinct populations is an impossible avenue to pursue, it is also clear that ethnicity, and more specifically ethnic identity, played a profound role in shaping the fragmented cultural and political landscape that emerged across much of the Near East at the end of the Late Bronze Age and during the Early Iron Age.

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Published by: verstrje on Dec 14, 2013
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