Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


30 July 2013

Economic Interplay Among Households and States

Cynthia W. Shelmerdine American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 447–452 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)


This Forum has made progress on both its stated research themes: control of craft production and the newer topic of markets. My comments take up the issues of household economy, state control, and markets. First, I discuss developments at the second-order center of Nichoria, which show both independent activity and the effect of incorporation into the state of Pylos. Excavation of another such settlement at Iklaina promises to support and expand on the findings from Nichoria. State control is another subject for discussion; the evidence suggests some differences between prestige goods and ordinary pottery, concerning both production and consumption. Finally, I argue that the existence of markets is well supported by both archaeological and textual data.

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