Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2011

20 March 2012

Interweaving Worlds: Systemic Interactions in Eurasia, 7th to the 1st Millennia BC.

Edited by Toby C. Wilkinson, Susan Sherratt & John Bennet

Interweaving Worlds: Systemic Interactions in Eurasia, 7th to the 1st Millennia BC.

City: Oxford/Oakville

Year: 2011

Publisher: Oxbow Books

Description: Hardback, 308 p., b/w and colour figures, maps, drawings, 28x21,5 cm


How do we understand the systemic interactions that took place in and between different regions of prehistoric Eurasia and their consequences for individuals, groups and regions on both a theoretical and empirical basis? Such interactions helped create economic and cultural spheres that were mutually dependent yet distinct. This volume, emerging from a conference hosted in memory of Professor Andrew Sherratt in Sheffield in April 2008 and in honour of his contributions to large-scale economic history, presents some diverse archaeological responses to this problem. These range from “world-systems” through “ritual economies” to “textile rivalries” and address the challenge of documenting, explaining and understanding the progressively more interwoven worlds of prehistoric Eurasia. 


Contributors [v]

1. Sue Sherratt, ‘Introduction’ [1-3]

2. Andrew Sherratt, ‘Global Development’ [4-6]

A. The Warp: Global systems and interactions

3. Philippe Beaujard, ‘Evolutions and Temporal Delimitations of Bronze Age World-systems in western Asia and the Mediterranean’ [7-26]

4. Cyprian Broodbank, ‘The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Andrew Sherratt’ [27-36]

5. Dorian Fuller & Michael Rowlands, ‘Ingestion and Food Technologies: Maintaining Differences over the Long-term in West, South and East Asia’ [37-60]

6. Paul Halstead & Valasia Isaakidou, ‘Revolutionary Secondary Products: the Development and Significance of Milking, Animal-Traction and Wool-Gathering in Later Prehistoric Europe and the Near East’ [61-76]

7. Philip L. Kohl, ‘World Systems and Modelling Macro-Historical Processes in Later Prehistory: an Examination of Old and a Search for New Perspectives’ [77-86]

8. Christopher Monroe, ‘”From Luxuries to Anxieties’: A Liminal View of the Late Bronze Age World-system’ [87-99]

9. Lorenz Rahmstorf, ‘Re-integrating ‘Diffusion’: the Spread of Innovations among the Neolithic and Bronze Age societies of Europe and the Near East’ [100-119]

10. David Warburton, ‘What might The Bronze Age World-system look like?’ [120-134]

11. David Wengrow, ‘’Archival’ and ‘Sacrificial’ Economies in Bronze Age Eurasia: an Interactionist Approach to the Hoarding of Metals’ [135-144]

B. The Weft: The local and the global

12. Nils Anfinset, ‘The Formation of Economic Systems and Social Institutions during the Fifth and Fourth Millennia BC in the southern Levant’ [145-157]

13. Christoph Bachhuber, ‘Negotiating Metal and the Metal Form in the Royal Tombs of Alacahöyük in north-central Anatolia’ [158-174]

14. Alexander Bauer, ‘The Near East, Europe, and the ‘Routes’ of Community in the Early Bronze Age Black Sea’ [175-188]

15. Avraham Faust & Ehud Weiss, ‘Between Assyria and the Mediterranean World: the Prosperity of Judah and Philistia in the Seventh Century BCE in Context’ [189-204]

16. Roxana Flammini, ‘Northeast Africa and the Levant in Connection: A World-Systems Perspective on Interregional Relationships in the Early Second Millennium BC’ [205-217]

17. Irene Good, ‘Strands of Connectivity: Assessing the Evidence for Long Distance Exchange of Silk in Later Prehistoric Eurasia’ [218-230]

18. Raphael Greenberg, ‘Travelling in (World) Time: Transformation, Commoditization, and the Beginnings of Urbanism in the Southern Levant’ [231-242]

19. Kristian Kristiansen, ‘Bridging India and Scandinavia: Institutional Transmission and Elite Conquest during the Bronze Age’ [243-265]

20. Borja Legarra Herrero, ‘New Kid on the Block: the Nature of the first Systemic Contacts between Crete and the eastern Mediterranean around 2000 BC’ [266-281]

21. Joseph Maran, ‘Lost in Translation: The Emergence of Mycenaean Culture as a Phenomenon of Glocalisation’ [282-294]

22. Jane Schneider, ‘Anticipating the Silk Road: Some Thoughts on the Wool-Murex Connection in Tyre’ [295-302]

23. Norman Yoffee, ‘Unbounded Structures, Cultural Permeabilities and the Calyx of Change: Mesopotamia and its World’ [303-308]


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