Porter's dynamic perspective offers an intriguing analysis of small scale societies living on the margins of sustainability.
Porter challenges common knowledge and takes a firm stand on a land and period that are key to understanding the development of Levantine societies in the Iron Age.
—Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology
In this provocative monograph, Porter presents an innovative model of small-scale sedentary communities and successfully applies it to Early Iron Age sites in west-central Jordan, a marginal zone.
An outstanding work that deserves all credits given by others.
In this provocative new study, Porter offers an alternative theory of social formation and dissolution by examining how communities take up the challenge of living in marginal environments. By teasing out the role of community resilience in adapting to both the social and natural environment, Porter offers new insights on the history and archaeology of the Levant.
—Thomas E. Levy, University of California, San Diego
This outstanding work of scholarship should be compulsory reading for students and scholars of Near Eastern archaeology, Biblical studies, and anthropological archaeology. Porter deftly integrates multiple lines of archaeological, textual, and ethnographic evidence to explore life in Early Iron Age communities . He grounds his analysis in the materiality of everyday life to explore how people built, maintained and ultimately abandoned these communities.
— Meredith Chesson, University of Notre Dame