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      The Comparative Analysis of Early Cities and Urban Deposits

      Journal of Urban Archaeology

      Brepols Publishers

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          Comparative analysis is an important goal of the research carried out by the Centre for Urban Networks Evolution. Archaeologists and historians conducting research on cities need comparison for several reasons: to distinguish unique features of individual cities from universal urban traits; to better understand individual cities and deposits; and to generalize about cities, towns, and urbanism. In this article, I review methods and concepts of comparative urban analysis, including systematic vs intensive comparisons, the scale of comparison, synchronic vs diachronic comparison, and comparison at different stages in a research trajectory. I also discuss empirical and epistemological linkages between comparisons of cities and comparisons of urban deposits as studied by high-definition archaeological methods. These issues of comparison can help integrate the analysis of urban networks with high-definition localized studies of urban deposits.

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          jua
          jua
          Journal of Urban Archaeology
          Brepols Publishers (Turnhout, Belgium )
          2736-2426
          2736-2434
          January 2020
          : 2
          : 197-205
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          10.1484/J.JUA.5.121537

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          Self URI (journal page): https://www.urbanarchaeology.net/

          Urban studies, Archaeology, History

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