Twenty-Four. Southern Mesopotamia

  1. D. T. Potts
  1. Joan Oates

Published Online: 26 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch24

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

How to Cite

Oates, J. (2012) Southern Mesopotamia, in A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ed D. T. Potts), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch24

Editor Information

  1. University of Sydney, Australia

Author Information

  1. University of Cambridge, 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:

  • Southern Mesopotamia;
  • early prehistory of southern Mesopotamia, little understood;
  • significant social differentiation;
  • tripartite structures, of Mesopotamian prehistory and later;
  • Proto-Hassuna pottery, discovered;
  • The Samarran phase, and distinctive pottery;
  • characteristic pottery, architecture;
  • “granaries,” T-shaped structures;
  • Choga Mami figurines, evidence of skull deformation;
  • Ubaid sites, and Eridu pottery, ceramic design changes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Earliest Settlements

  • The Samarran Phase

  • Southern Mesopotamia (Sumer): The Ubaid Period

  • The Late Chalcolithic (4400–3400 BC)

  • Summary comments

  • Guide to Further Reading