The Structure and Dynamics of Dry-Farming States in Upper Mesopotamia [and Comments and Reply]

  title={The Structure and Dynamics of Dry-Farming States in Upper Mesopotamia [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={Tony James Wilkinson and John Bintliff and Hans H. Curvers and Paul Halstead and Phillip L. Kohl and Mario Liverani and Joy McCorriston and Joan Oates and Glenn M. Schwartz and Ingolf Thuesen and Harvey Weiss and Marie Agn{\`e}s Courty},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={483 - 520}
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