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I have plans for a fantasy novel occurring many between 50,000 BC and 5000 BC in the Middle East. I am preparing to do all my research. Are there any academic books about the region during those time periods? I doubt I would find any books about the Middle East prior to civilization, but I want to consider this option before I search through anthropology, archeological, and other articles online.

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vonjunzt
Mar. 31st, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Is there any way you can narrow down that time frame and geographical area? There's been a hell of a lot of work on that 45,000 years. That time span includes the extinction of the Neanderthals, the first settlements by the Natufians, and the adoption of agriculture in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. In some areas of the Middle East, you're even bumping up against the beginnings of metallurgy. And the Middle East is a very broad area where there were a lot of different things going on.

The first sixty pages of Amihai Mazar's Archaeology of the Land of the Bible: 10,000-586 B.C.E. is a good introduction for Israel for the last 5,000 years that you're interested in. T.E. Levy's Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land is an edited volume that has articles covering the periods you're interested in, again in Syro-Palestine. You might also look at books on Catalhuyuk in Turkey. A book recently came out a few years ago on that site called The Goddess and the Bull, and more recently the current excavator released a book called The Leopard's Tale. Those should get you started, but frankly, if you want to live long enough to finish your research and start writing, you might consider narrowing the area you're talking about. Or, even better, read up about the period in that part of the world and then create a fictional world so you're not tied down to reality.
arkadelos
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the books!
papiwits
Apr. 15th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I don’t bookmark sites but i will bookmark this! LOL!

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