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Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden by Edward L. Ochsenschlager
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 5, 2004
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Museum Publication
ISBN 193170774X ISBN13 9781931707749
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present informs the past Apr 12, 2007
This is the region where "history began" as noted Sumerologist S. Kramer wrote. Ochenschlager's account of his time spent in the marshlands of southern Iraq is an important addition to scholarship of this remarkable landscape in that he clearly demonstrates the usefulness of undertaking ethnoarcheological research in order for the past to be informed by the present. As a result, I was incredibly grateful when Ochsenschlager agreed to write the foreword for my own book about the area: "Wetlands of Mass Destruction: Ancient Presage for Contemporary Ecocide in Southern Iraq" whose purpose is the reciprocal; i.e. how the present can be informed by the past.
Archaeology's Finds Illuminated by Anthropology Nov 2, 2006
The title is somewhat misleading. The Garden of Eden is not the subject. The author is interested in studying presentday village life near Tell el Hiba (ancient Sumerian Lagash) from an anthropological aspect to gather insights about objects found in that ancient location. For example, archaeologists excavated at Lagash pottery that was baked (fired) and unbaked (unfired). They were "mystified" over the creation and obvious usage of unfired pottery. Upon visiting the local Arabs, the author discovered that they too utilized baked and unbaked pottery and by questioning the Arabs over this phenomenon they learned "why" such a custom existed. So a modern anthropological investigation illuminated some of the ancient customs of Lagash. To repeat: The Garden of Eden motif is not the subject, the employment of Anthropological methods to explain the ancient past at Lagash is the author's main intent.