Evidence for Urbanization of Ancient Cities Essay

1583 Words Jul 19th, 2011 7 Pages
The urbanization of any ancient city has the best advantage of being seen through our modern day eyes. Looking at the evidence recovered from various sites definitely poses some problems for scholars in trying to place it in the context of the time-line of that city; yet these scholars have the knowledge of the end result of our modern-day societies. Archaeologists and classics scholars know historical trends of human socialization and urbanization for hundreds of years in societies unrelated to ancient ones. Despite all of these advantages, however, it is hard to place exact definable events on the timeline of an ancient society because of basic constrictions of things like lack of records and buried evidence. Archaeologies must therefore …show more content…
A pyramid town would be a clear precursor to urbanization, as it centers a city on a single goal, to care for the temple. Kahun is shown to have two groups. One of these groups is obviously there to care for the temple and the other is there on a variety of business and personal reasons not connected with the temple or other religious motive. This is indicated from papyri, which depict everything from farming and manual labor to religious affairs. Another peculiar aspect of Kahun, indicative of a functional internal administration is its structure. It has no fortification walls for protection and only a small place for one watchman. It features a grid-style aggregate of houses, about 220 of them with noticeably larger houses sprinkled among the others. The outsides of these houses are mostly blank but the insides more ornate. The large houses in this city’s plan feature many intricate rooms, including master bedrooms, a sort of “guest house” as well as large granaries, capable of holding a maximum 9,000 rations. In addition to these rooms, the large houses featured additional buildings, of which ideas have been proposed about their uses. Cattle shed, butchery, brewery/ bakery, carpentry shed and weaving shop have all been mentioned, all are also specialized trades as well, indicating perhaps a stabilized occupation of the inhabitant. These specialized buildings and granaries are both

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