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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: January 2021

Two - Communities at the Margins

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2. Communities at the Margins: The Origins of Amorite Identity, 2500–2200 BC

The earliest evidence for Amorites in textual sources is discussed in the context of locating them among agropastoral communities across a marginal zone ranging from the Levant to northern Mesopotamia. The onset of arid conditions with the beginning of the Meghalayan Period (i.e., the 4.2 ka BP event) and its correlation with an intensification in Akkadian military activity are implicated in precipitating a refugee crisis among Amorite communities in this zone of uncertainty that led to their movement into neighboring regions.

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