One. Introduction to Geography, Climate, Topography, and Hydrology

  1. D. T. Potts
  1. T. J. Wilkinson

Published Online: 26 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch1

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

How to Cite

Wilkinson, T. J. (2012) Introduction to Geography, Climate, Topography, and Hydrology, in A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ed D. T. Potts), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch1

Editor Information

  1. University of Sydney, Australia

Author Information

  1. Durham University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189880

Online ISBN: 9781444360790

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Keywords:

  • geography, climate, topography, hydrology;
  • human societies and the environment;
  • environmental determinism;
  • societal collapse, human evolution;
  • agricultural basins, and topography;
  • Tigris-Euphrates system;
  • agriculture, networks of communication;
  • salinization, a significant problem;
  • Holocene climate, and true variability;
  • Near Eastern, and sea-level rise, the flood myth

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Role of the Environment

  • Topography and the Role of Agricultural Basins

  • Rivers and River Systems

  • Climate and Climatic Change

  • Vegetation

  • Sea - Level Rise

  • The Significance of Wetlands

  • Geoarchaeology, Erosion, and Settlement

  • Humans and Environmental Change

  • Conclusions

  • Guide to Further Reading