A new book review has been posted on the Ancient Origins website: Mountains and Lowlands: Ancient Iran and Mesopotamia, by Paul Collins. Be sure to check it out.
I see myself as a “literary archaeologist.” No field work is required. The purpose of this self appointed and non-existent discipline is to marry two fields which do not cooperate very well with each other: archaeology and literary studies. The texts are historical artifacts and must be treated as such.