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date: 15 April 2021

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This article analyses archaeological evidence on the history of Transjordan during the Early Bronze Age. It reviews compelling scholarly issues and theoretical approaches driving current research, and evaluates various reconstructions of the period. The article explores the role of exchange networks in the emergence of new socio-political institutions and suggests that Jordan’s Early Bronze era emerged with greater clarity in the context of southern Levantine ‘Canaanite’ civilisation as well as of the broader landscape of the ancient Near East.

Keywords: Transjordan, Early Bronze Age, exchange networks, socio-political institutions, Jordan, Levantine civilisation, Near East

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