Publications

2008
Nicola Laneri, Mark Schwartz, and Jason A Ur. 2008. “The Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project.” Antiquity, Project Gallery.Abstract
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Nicola Laneri, Mark Schwartz, Jason A Ur, Stefano Valentini, Anacleto D'Agostino, Rémi Berthon, and Mette Marie Hald. 2008. “The Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project 2006-2007: A Preliminary Report on the Middle Bronze Age ‘architectural complex’ and the Survey of the Site Catchment Area.” Anatolica, 34, Pp. 177-240.Abstract
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Jason A Ur. 2008. “The Origins and Development of the First Cities in the Near East.” Symbols, Spring 2008, Pp. 9-10, 21.Abstract
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Jason A Ur and TJ Wilkinson. 2008. “Settlement and Economic Landscapes of Tell Beydar and its Hinterland.” In Beydar Studies I, edited by Marc Lebeau and Antoine Suleiman, Pp. 305-327. Turnhout: Brepols.Abstract
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2007
Bjoern H Menze and Jason A Ur. 2007. “Classification of multispectral ASTER imagery in archaeological settlement survey in the Near East.” Edited by M Schaepman. Proc 10th ISPMSRS (Intl. Symposium on Physical Measurements and Signatures in Remote Sensing). Davos, Switzerland.Abstract
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Joan Oates, Augusta McMahon, Philip Karsgaard, Salam al-Quntar, and Jason A Ur. 2007. “Early Mesopotamian Urbanism: A New View from the North.” Antiquity, 81, Pp. 585-600.Abstract
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Formation and Destruction of Pastoral and Irrigation Landscapes on the Mughan Steppe, North-Western Iran
Karim Alizadeh and Jason A. Ur. 2007. “Formation and Destruction of Pastoral and Irrigation Landscapes on the Mughan Steppe, North-Western Iran.” Antiquity, 81, Pp. 148-160. Open Access PDFAbstract

CORONA satellite photography taken in the 1960s continues to reveal buried ancient landscapes and sequences of landscapes – some of them no longer visible. In this new survey of the Mughan Steppe in north-western Iran, the authors map a ‘signature landscape’ belonging to Sasanian irrigators, and discover that the traces of the nomadic peoples that succeeded them also show up on CORONA – in the form of scoops for animal shelters. The remains of these highly significant pastoralists have been virtually obliterated since the CORONA surveys by a new wave of irrigation farming. Such archaeological evaluation of a landscape has grave implications for the heritage of grassland nomads and the appreciation of their impact on history.

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TJ Wilkinson, McGuire Gibson, John Christiansen, Magnus Widell, David Schloen, Nicholas Kouchoukos, Christopher Woods, John C Sanders, Kathy-Lee Simunich, Mark Altaweel, Jason A Ur, Carrie Hritz, Jacob Lauinger, Tate Paulette, and Jonathan Tenney. 2007. “Modeling Settlement Systems in a Dynamic Environment: Case Studies from Mesopotamia.” In The Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems, edited by Timothy A Kohler and Sander van der Leeuw, Pp. 175-208. Santa Fe: School of American Research.Abstract
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Jason A Ur, Philip Karsgaard, and Joan Oates. 2007. “Urban Development in the Ancient Near East.” Science, 317, Pp. 1188.Abstract
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TJ Wilkinson, John Christiansen, Jason A Ur, Magnus Widell, and Mark Altaweel. 2007. “Urbanization within a Dynamic Environment: Modelling Bronze Age Communities in Upper Mesopotamia.” American Anthropologist, 109, Pp. 52-68.Abstract
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2006
Bjoern H Menze, Jason A Ur, and Andrew G Sherratt. 2006. “Detection of Ancient Settlement Mounds: Archaeological Survey Based on the SRTM Terrain Model.” Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 72, Pp. 321-327.Abstract
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Jason A. Ur. 2006. “Google Earth and Archaeology.” The SAA Archaeological Record, 6, Pp. 35-38.Abstract
Once upon a time, three-dimensional (3-D) visualization of landscapes was the exclusive realm of highly trained computer experts. The production of an oblique view of a landscape took several detailed stages, each involving obscure datasets, arcane knowledge, and expensive software (and occasionally large amounts of money). This situation changed in 2005 with the release of Google Earth, a new visualization and mapping program by the ever-expanding Google suite of applications. The Google Earth program (free download from http://earth.google.com) presents the user with an interactive globe...
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Karim Alizadeh and Jason Ur. 2006. “Mughan Steppe Archaeological Survey.” Iranian Center for Archaeological Research Archaeological Reports, 4, Pp. 49-56 (In Farsi).Abstract
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Preliminary Report on the 2002 and 2003 Seasons of the Tell Brak Sustaining Area Survey
Henry T. Wright, Eric S.A. Rupley, Jason A. Ur, Joan Oates, and Eyad Ganem. 2006. “Preliminary Report on the 2002 and 2003 Seasons of the Tell Brak Sustaining Area Survey.” Les Annales Archéologiques Arabes Syriennes, 49-50, Pp. 7-21.Abstract
The first and second seasons of the Tell Brak Sustaining Area Survey took place in the autumn of 2002 and 2003, over seven weeks from mid September through the beginning of November.
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2005
TJ Wilkinson, Eleanor Wilkinson, Jason A Ur, and Mark Altaweel. 2005. “Landscape and Settlement in the Neo-Assyrian Empire.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 340, Pp. 23-56.Abstract
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Jason A Ur. 2005. “Les imatges per satèllit i l’estructura dels paisatges antics: exemples del Pròxim Orient.” Cota Zero, 20, Pp. 129-138.Abstract
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Jason A Ur. 2005. “Sennacherib's Northern Assyrian Canals: New Insights from Satellite Imagery and Aerial Photography.” Iraq, 67, Pp. 317-345.Abstract
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2004
Jason A Ur. 2004. “CAMEL Laboratory Investigates the Landscape of Assyria from Space.” Oriental Institute News & Notes, 2004, Pp. 6-7.Abstract
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T.J. Wilkinson, Jason A. Ur, and Jesse Casana. 2004. “From Nucleation to Dispersal: Trends in Settlement Pattern in the Northern Fertile Crescent.” In Side-by-Side Survey: Comparative Regional Studies in the Mediterranean World, edited by John Cherry and Susan Alcock, Pp. 198-205. Oxford: Oxbow Books.Abstract
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Tell Beydar/Nabada in its Regional Setting
Walther Sallaberger and Jason A. Ur. 2004. “Tell Beydar/Nabada in its Regional Setting.” In Third Millennium Cuneiform Texts from Tell Beydar (Seasons 1996-2002), edited by Lucio Milano, Walther Sallaberger, Philippe Talon, and Karel Van Lerberghe, Pp. 51-71. Turnhout: Brepols.Abstract
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