By Cyprian Broodbank
This booklet makes use of comparative island archaeology to reinterpret a necessary section in early Aegean background. Cyprian Broodbank provides the 1st glossy research of Cycladic tradition, tracing the improvement of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age societies in those islands from first colonisation via to incorporation, 3 millennia later, on the earth procedure of the Minoan palaces and the broader close to East. The archaeology of this sector is wealthy and good documented, and permits Dr Broodbank to reformulate early Cycladic background and to install unique examples that problem verified techniques to island archaeology. He exhibits that islanders can actively outline their cultural area and environments, and that their groups are associated via complicated family to the non-insular global. This e-book presents clean views and demanding situations for island archaeologists and Mediterranean experts.
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Moreover, tl1e Keros-Syros culture was defined in the first instance from what will emerge as two of the most remarkable sites in the Cyclades: Chalandriani-Kastri on Syros and Daskaleio-Kavos on Keros, in other words from what can now be recognised as exceptions rather than norms. Rather than a culture sensu Childe, the Keros-Syros culture reflects a nexus of trade items, prestige symbols and social practices, used as a common currency for diverse communities, analogous to tl1e Beaker phenomenon of prehistoric western Europe or, in Terrell's view, the no less perplexing Lapita complex (Ten-ell 1989).
The cultures and groups) and the system in use for chronology (LN, FN, EB I-Ill). Despite criticism from traditional archaeologists who prefer an Early An island archaeology of the early Cyclades 54 Cycladic (EC) I-III nomenclature for the EBA (Barber 1987; Coleman 1979a, 1979b, 1992: 266; Renfrew 1979 for a response) this strategy is still the most appropriate practical way of dealing with the data clusterings detected. Arguments that these cultures are redundant because early Cycladic culture was 'demonstrably a unity' (Barber 1987: 25) are far from valid.
Nakou 1997), a position that this island history will largely endorse. Such interpretative ambiguity An island archaeology of the early Cyclades 48 resembles that observed in other island worlds on the fringes of emerging continental systems. Several phases of Melanesian history provide parallels. Whether elements of the Lapita complex can be associated with the expansion of the Island South-East Asian Neolithic is still debatable (Spriggs 1997: 67-107; Terrell and Welsch 1997), but in the late first millennium BC fragments of South-East Asian bronzes at island centres like Lou (Ambrose 1988) match the discovery of eastern cylinder seals at Aegean nodes such as MocWos and Poliochni.