Compte-rendu de: G. Nicolini, Les ors de Mari, Mission archéologique française à Tell Hariri/Mari VII, Bibliothèque archéologique et historique de l’Institut français du Proche-Orient 192, Beyrouth, 2010
Review of a recent monograph on Bronze-Age gold objects found in the excavations of Mari (Tell Hariri), East Syria
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Extended review of Ludomir R. Lozny, Prestate Societies of the North Central European Plains, 600 – 900 CE. New York: Springer 2013. Validity of the author's concepts and conclusions based on archaeological evidence is tested from the position of social anthropology.
The book is the collection of papers on history, archaeology and art critics of North-West Russia and Baltic area.
Review of a recent monograph on nomadism in the Ancient Near East
The book describes bricks stamped with Aramaic and/or figural impressions from Babylon of the sixth century B.C. The book under review is not only a catalogue of bricks with Aramaic impressions and figurative stamps. The authors analyze catalogued items from several viewpoints, among which the most important are the following: 1) paleography and the significance of these documents for the history of Aramaic writing; 2) interpretation of the images found on Neo-Babylonian bricks; 3) onomastics and its bearing on the ethno-linguistic situation in Babylon during several decades of the sixth century B.C. The book of B. Sass and J. Marzahn provides sufficient comparative material for the sixth century Aramaic writing to help solving problems of dating some Aramaic texts.
The sixth report on the new excavations at Chagar Bazar contains the complete publication of the objects discovered in the graves that were described in the fourth volume. Particular attention was devoted to the archaeological study of 5105 beads, and this study was completed by the examination of the beads in the cuneiform documents (by Ilya Arkhipov).
This slim book is rich in content and ideas. Thanks to good forethought and logical consistency of presentation and argumentation the author managed to represent on less than a hundred pages a wide conceptually grounded panorama of the socio-political transformations on the spaces of present-day North-East Germany and North-West Poland. Abundant archaeological evidence is mainly compressed in comprehensive tables and expressed in graphic figures accompanied by brief but pithy summarizing comments in Chapters 2 and 3. The conceptual framework for the data analysis is defined explicitly in the introductory Chapter 1 and serves as a tool for clear generalizations in the closing Chapter 4 and guidelines for future research in Conclusions.