Walter Jon Williams speaks his mind.
posted by dubjay at 9:46 PM
Terminology nitpick, but ... why do archaeologists and people writing about the Middle East always use the term "Mud huts" or "mud-brick huts" which sound so primitive and dirty, when said "mud" dwellings go for big bucks in this neck of the woods?
P.S. How do you spell Catal Hayuk? "Chaco Canyon!" Or at least, the parellels are there.
Interesting article, but it's odd he doesn't do much with the obvious explanation for building big tightly clustered settlements like that -- defense.
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