Sevil Baltali, Department of Anthropology, Yeditepe University, Turkey
published on 04 June 2012
Ancient northern Mesopotamia reveals the presence of southern Uruk-style material cultural elements along with indigenous styles in fourth millennium B.C.E. In this study, I argue that we need to focus on the ways northern Mesopotamian societies constructed ‘cultural difference’ through an analysis of the meanings of southern-style elements within northern contexts. I further argue that an investigation of culturallyparticular ideas of “own” and “other” should involve a relationship between analytic and folk categories of cultural boundaries.
Stanford Journal of Archaeology