Craft Production and Culture Change in the Bronze Age Cyclades, Greece (REMOTE)

Natalie Abell
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Tuesday July 14
1:30 p.m. EDT

During the Middle and Late Bronze Age (ca. 1900-1400 BCE), Cycladic islanders played key roles as intermediaries in regional exchange networks that linked the Minoan palaces of Crete and emerging elite societies on Aegina and mainland Greece. Over these centuries, the Cyclades experienced a great deal of material culture change, especially as part of the Minoanization phenomenon, by which Minoan ways of doing things were adopted and adapted beyond Crete. This presentation explores the important roles of mobile craftspeople and the spread of novel craft technologies in the promotion of new forms of material culture in the Cyclades during these eras.

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