By Cyprian Broodbank
This ebook makes use of comparative island archaeology to reinterpret an essential section in early Aegean historical past. Cyprian Broodbank provides the 1st sleek research of Cycladic tradition, tracing the advance of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age societies in those islands from first colonisation via to incorporation, 3 millennia later, on the planet method of the Minoan palaces and the broader close to East. The archaeology of this area is wealthy and good documented, and permits Dr Broodbank to reformulate early Cycladic background and to installation particular examples that problem proven methods to island archaeology. He indicates that islanders can actively outline their cultural area and environments, and that their groups are associated by means of complicated kinfolk to the non-insular global. This ebook offers clean views and demanding situations for island archaeologists and Mediterranean experts.
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G. Renfrew 1969) of necessity provisional beyond allocation of basic types to broad time bands, and any analysis of regional Fig. 8 The price of esteem: Daskaleio- ~vos looted. Courtesy of Todd Whitelaw. variations problematic (Broodbank 1992). Because marble-working cannot be dated with any confidence, another inevitable result has been the infiltration of the corpus by an unknown number of fakes. Moreover, the figurines' fate threatens to encompass other Cycladic material. In a sense this happens anyway, as robbing a ce~etery wrecks the entire assemblage.
The Grotta-Pelos culture is something of a misnomer (although an enshrined one) best used as a convenient shorthand for two sub-phases that cover the later FN and the entire EB I, thus emphasising the gradual nature of the shift from Neolithic to EBA in the Cyclades. The Keros-Syros culture equates with EB IT. The Phylakopi I culture is of primarily MBA date (Runer 1983), but elements of it are probably to be anticipated in EB ITl. Renfrew and others (Bossert 1960; Doumas 1976a, 1977; Zapheiropoulou 1984) also identified more confined 'groups', those not subsumed in the wider cultures being Plastiras, Kampos, Kastri, Arnorgos and Christiana.
F. ~:>. > :,: \~ Cycladic approaches 43 the Dodecanese, and the other islands lying off the coast of Anatolia, or are aligned seaward to a lesser degree, as in the case of the northern Sporades. Second, their rollcall of some thirty substantial islands and many more islets makes the Cyclades the most numerous and complicated cluster in the Aegean. Third, their location places them both on the edge of everywhere and at the centre of the whole, a deeply ambivalent position that must shed light on their chequered history.
An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades by Cyprian Broodbank