By Cyprian Broodbank
This booklet makes use of comparative island archaeology to reinterpret an important part in early Aegean heritage. 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 earth process of the Minoan palaces and the broader close to East. The archaeology of this quarter is wealthy and good documented, and permits Dr Broodbank to reformulate early Cycladic background and to install specified examples that problem proven ways to island archaeology. He exhibits that islanders can actively outline their cultural area and environments, and that their groups are associated through complicated family members to the non-insular global. This booklet offers clean views and demanding situations for island archaeologists and Mediterranean experts.
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Discussion of me EBA amounts to a descriptive survey of material culture from a typological and chronological viewpoint, plus a brief summary couched in me language of progress, which concludes that the islands led 'a charmed course' through the EBA (1987: 140). The problem is that this fails to get underneath the artefactual surface of me past to discover what might Cycladic approaches 57 actually have been going on. Moreover, me opinions on island life mat are offered are informed by a contemporary and potentially misleading conception of common sense.
2700-2200 BC). Renfrew's The Emergence of Civilisation: The Cyclades and the Aegean in the Third Millennium BC, a book central to early Cycladic research, provides the classic summary of changes in society, economy and technology prior to the formation of the first palace-states (Renfrew 1972: 225-475). These include a sharp increase in settlement density in the southern Aegean, the rise of local centres of wealth and power, such as Troy, Lema, Manika and pre-palatial Knossos, the intensification of inter-regional exchange (in which the Cyclades played a key role), and increased circulation and deposition of metal objects.
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