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University of Bergen (2011)

Pastoral Nomads on the Syrian steppe in the early bronze Age : a study of burial monuments in the hinterland of Palmyra

Ruset, Hildegunn Maria Haanes

Titre : Pastoral Nomads on the Syrian steppe in the early bronze Age : a study of burial monuments in the hinterland of Palmyra

Auteur : Ruset, Hildegunn Maria Haanes

Université de soutenance : University of Bergen

Grade : Master 2011

Résumé
The hypothesis for this thesis is that the numerous cairns that were surveyed in the hinterland of Palmyra in 2009 can be connected to a pastoral nomadic population on the Syrian Steppe in the Early Bronze Age (EBA). This hypothesis is based on the large numbers of cairns and the fact that there are few signs of permanent settlements. It is also based on comparison to similar areas in the region where a shift from urban central economies to more rural pastoral economies is evident in EBA. Because of the similarities, both in landscape and material, a similar development must also be considered for the research area of this thesis. Special attention will therefore be given to EBA and more precisely the second half of the third millennium BCE.

Mots clés : Pastoral nomads, Burial cairns, Early Bronze Age, Middle East, Palmyra, Terriotrial behaviour, Socio-economic shifts

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