Twenty-Nine. Northern Mesopotamia

  1. D. T. Potts
  1. Timothy Matney

Published Online: 26 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch29

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

How to Cite

Matney, T. (2012) Northern Mesopotamia, in A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ed D. T. Potts), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch29

Editor Information

  1. University of Sydney, Australia

Author Information

  1. University of Akron, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189880

Online ISBN: 9781444360790



  • northern Mesopotamia;
  • cultural backwater, of the Sumerian world;
  • Bronze Age cities, and rain-fed agriculture;
  • Bronze Age chronological schemes;
  • Early–Middle–Late Bronze Age, chronological schemes;
  • northern urban trajectories, wealth of new data;
  • definitions of city and urbanism, vital;
  • urbanism in EBA, and the HS4 shrine;
  • “Collapse” of Late EBA cities, environmental, regionally;
  • Mari at Tell Bi'a, contemporary palace in use, early MBA


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Geography

  • Chronological Schemes

  • Northern Urban Trajectories

  • The City Defined

  • Prolegomenon to Bronze Age Urbanism in Northern Mesopotamia

  • Urbanism in the EBA (3000–2000 BC)

  • Reassessing the “Collapse” of Late EBA Cities

  • Urbanism in the MBA (2000–1600 BC)

  • A New Paradigm: Old Assyrian Trading Colonies

  • State Formation Under Shamshi-Adad I and the Lim Dynasty

  • Urbanism in the LBA (1600–1200 BC)

  • Assyrian Imperial Genesis in the LBA

  • The Nature of the Northern Mesopotamian City

  • Guide to Further Reading

  • Acknowledgments