Chris GonzalezChapter 12 Key Controversy:The End of the Early Bronze AgeA major episode of societal disruption occurred across Southwest Asia and beyond around 2200-1900 BC. The Akkadian empire of Mesopotamia collapsed, and there is widespread evidence for breaks in cultural trajectories and settlement patterns in most regions. In Mesopotamia, the early empire of Akkad, which had exerted administrative and political control over Lower and Upper Mesopotamia for a period of at least several decades, came to an apparently sudden and dramatic end around 2200 BC, as suggested by evidence of the abandonment of landscapes and specific sites such as Tell Leilan and the Habur Plains area of northeastern Syria. In the Levant, the end of the Early Bronze Age is marked by a major phase
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