The Southern Levant was a thriving centre of religious and cultural exchange during the Bronze Age. 'Early Bronze Age Goods Exchange in the Southern Levant' provides an overview of the sources and distribution of commodities. The book presents a study of key production centres and the process of purchase and exchange. The book establishes a theoretical framework - based in political economy, ethnoarchaeology and economic anthropology - for understanding the exchange of commodities in a precapitalist society. 'Early Bronze Age Goods Exchange in the Southern Levant' is unique in presenting archaeological sources and prehistoric economics through modern, notably Marxist, theories of human development.
Part I: Research Frameworks1. Introduction2. Theoretical FrameworkPart II: Commodities3. Pottery4. Flints5. Groundstone Tools and Vessels6. Metallurgy and Metal Objects7. Botanical Commodities8. Faunal Commodities9. MineralsPart III: Transportation, Merchants and Networks10. Transportation and the Cult of Exchange11. Exchange NetworksPart IV: Conclusions12. Conclusions and Perspectives