Introduction: Current Research and Perspectives on the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean
Angelos Papadopoulos in Papadopoulos, A. (ed), Recent research and perspectives on the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean, Talanta XLIV (2012) : 13-18.
From the introduction
This volume includes – exclusive of this introduction – fifteen papers from sixteen scholars who are actively engaged in research which focuses on various aspects of the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean. Each was asked, in a somewhat vague manner, and with no specific restrictions or further guidelines, to contribute to this special issue a piece of writing on any of their academic interests provided that they fall into the aforementioned chronological period and geographical region. These contributions do not represent the result of a conference or the output of a workshop, but nevertheless reflect the current state of research in this particular field. The authors here present new research, new data, new scientific techniques, and new methodological strategies, frequently venturing beyond the limits of their particular regional academic pursuits. The result is a volume which covers the entire Eastern Mediterranean, from the Aegean, to Cyprus, Anatolia, the Syro-Palestinian coast and Egypt and deals with topics as diverse as iconography, material culture, intercultural relations, linguistics, weaponry, music, production and consumption, and research methodology.