Above and Beyond Ancient Mounds: The Archaeology of the Modern Periods in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean


Historical archaeology is a recent, and still emerging, development in the Middle East. While historical archaeology can be simply any archaeology focused on periods with documentary evidence, this chapter examines historical archaeology as the archaeology of modernity, an archaeological discourse influenced by scholars using material culture, archaeological artifacts, and excavations to expose the dynamics of the recent past. For the Middle East, the recent past is the epoch when the Ottoman Empire ruled over a region from the Black Sea to the Red Sea, from Mediterranean to the Tigris–Euphrates Rivers.


Recent Past Middle East Material Culture Archaeological Record Historical Archaeology 
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I want to thank Teresita Majewski for inviting me to participate in this volume and for facilitating graphics support by Margaret Robbins, graphics manager at Statistical Research, Inc. Lynda Carroll pointed me toward the scholarship on Balqa, questioned some of the formulations in the chapter, and sharpened my thoughts on most of its elements. Colleagues in North America, Europe, and the Middle East shared ideas and understandings that are reflected in this chapter; responsibility for the argument rests solely with its author.


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