The Resource Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden, Edward L. Ochsenschlager

Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden, Edward L. Ochsenschlager

Label
Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden
Title
Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden
Statement of responsibility
Edward L. Ochsenschlager
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
What can the present tell us about the past? From 1968 to 1990, Edward Ochsenschlager conducted ethnoarchaeological fieldwork near a mound called al-Hiba, in the marshes of southern Iraq. In examining the material culture of three tribes--their use of mud, reed, wood, and bitumen, and their husbandry of cattle, water buffalo, and sheep--he chronicles what is now a lost way of life. He helps us understand ancient manufacturing processes, an artifact's significance and the skill of those who create and use it, and the substantial moral authority wielded by village craftspeople. He reveals the complexities involved in the process of change, both natural and enforced. Al-Hiba contains the remains of Sumerian people who lived in the marshes more than 5,000 years ago in a similar ecological setting, using similar material resources. The archaeological evidence provides insights into everyday life in antiquity. Ochsenschlager enhances the comparisons of past and present by extensive illustrations from his fieldwork and also from the University Museum's rare archival photographs taken in the late nineteenth century by John Henry Haynes. This was long before Saddam Hussein drove one of the tribes from the marshes, forced the Bedouin to live elsewhere, and irrevocably changed the lives of those who tried to stay
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
935
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS70.8.A1
LC item number
O29 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Iraq's Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden, Edward L. Ochsenschlager
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In the Garden of Eden -- The people of Al-Hiba -- Ways and means -- Mud household utensils and storage containers -- Mud musical instruments, toys, jewelry, and ammunition -- Mud architecture and ancillary structures -- Baked pottery -- Mats, baskets, and other objects made of reeds and rushes -- Reed architecture -- Wood, boats, and bitumen -- Bovine husbandry -- Sheep -- Village weavers -- The photographs of John Henry Haynes -- Death under glass
Control code
ocn880438658
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (312 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781934536759
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt5zd9zs
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b32115350
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)880438658
  • pebcs1322513252

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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