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Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

ARTICLES | 2012

12 May 2012

The east Mediterranean Late Bronze Age glass trade within the context of the Panaztepe finds

Nazli Ḉinardali-Karaaslan Oxford Journal of Archaeology 31:2 (May 2012): 121-141.

Abstract

The Late Bronze Age is a period during which intensive transactions occurred in the Mediterranean and Near East. The glass trade became a real industry, exhibiting the innovations of the period from around the region. The glass finds of the Late Bronze Age consisted of valuable gifts exchanged between the elite classes of Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Aegean. The objective of this study is to reconstruct Late Bronze Age glass trade systems in the light of archaeological data recovered from Panaztepe, located in the Izmir region of west Anatolia. The glass finds at Panaztepe are represented by examples such as necklace spacers, relief beads, and spherical and circular beads recovered from the two burial grounds. While the interior chronologies of the tombs have not been completely distinguished, it is thought that most of these finds were used during the Late Helladic III A–B periods.

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