Sumer and the Sumerians
produced one of the best-known ancient civilisations, with a literate,
urban culture and highly developed political institutions.
primarily for a non-specialist audience but drawing on the most
up-to-date historical and archeological sources, Harriet Crawford
reviews the extraordinary social and technological developments in the
region over a period of two millennia, from 3800 to 2000 B.C.
This book is intended for students, and especially for students
beginning to study the archaeology and history of the ancient Near East.
The changes which took place on the Mesopotamian plain between the
Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the fourth and third millennia BC are of
crucial importance in understanding subsequent developments in Western
Asia and beyond.