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Exploring the Roots of Mesopotamian Civilization: Excavations at Tell Zeidan, Syria

Gil Stein, Oriental Institute
June 2, 2010
7pm, Breasted Hall
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The Ubaid period (6th-5th millennia BC) saw the first establishment of towns and villages across Mesopotamia. This period provides the first evidence for the emergence of political leadership, economic differences between rich and poor, irrigation-based economies, dominating regional centers or towns, and the development of temples in these centers. In this lecture, Gil Stein discusses recent excavations at the Ubaid-period site of Tell Zeidan in Syria and the expansion of Ubaid culture across Mesopotamia.

Lectures are free and open to the public due to the generous support of Oriental Institute Members. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.

Revised: August 3, 2010

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