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Testing the Canon of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology

Amy Gansell and Ann Shafer


This volume addresses and problematizes the formation and transformation of the ancient Near Eastern art historical and archaeological canon. The “canon” is defined as an established list of objects, monuments, buildings, and sites that are considered to be most representative of the ancient Near East. In “testing” this canon, this project takes stock of the current canon, its origins, endurance, and prospects. Boundaries and typologies are examined, technologies of canon production are investigated, and heritage perspectives on contemporary culture offer a key to the future. Ultimately, this ... More

Keywords: Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Art History, canon, cultural heritage, education, Henri Frankfort, Iraq, Mesopotamia, museums

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190673161
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190673161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Gansell, editor
Associate Professor, St. John's University

Ann Shafer, editor
Lecturer; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rutgers; The State University of New Jersey and SUNY, Fashion Institute of Technology

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Part I Boundaries

Part II Typologies

Part III Technologies

Part IV Heritage Perspectives

Chapter 17 Earth, Rocks, and Blood

Sargon George Donabed

Chapter 18 6,000 Years

Maymanah Farhat

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