Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2016

14 April 2016

Local and Global Perspectives on Mobility in the Eastern Mediterranean

Edited by Ole Christian Aslaksen

Local and Global Perspectives on Mobility in the Eastern Mediterranean

City: Athens

Year: 2016

Publisher: Norwegian Institute at Athens

Series: Papers and Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens, vol. 5

Description: Paperback, 301 p., numerous b/w figures, 24 x 17.4 cm

Workshop at NΙΑ 11-15 Nov. 2011


The volume is the result of a workshop held at the Norwegian Institute at Athens 11th-13th of November 2011. It addressed the different layers of mobility in the Bronze and Early Iron Age of the Eastern Mediterranean. It also concerns the intensity and scale of interaction and its role as a motor of change which represent key discourses in archaeology. The chapters in this volume deal with a great variety of materials in order to capture the multitude of connections and their impacts within and between the regions surrounding the Mediterranean. Frameworks used to explore the dynamics include Network Theory and World System Theory, materiality theory and theories of embodiment to mention some. As such, it is a hope that this volume will inspire researchers whether they address mobility in what, in Meyer’s words, could be described as a ‘satellite perspective’ or a ‘microscope perspective’.

The ten chapters could be divided into three sections along the main geographic scale addressed (‘global’ or ‘local’) and period (Bronze or Iron Age) by the authors. This would be a heuristic device as these scales are not exclusive but rather seek to investigate different aspects of mobility and may be regarded as complementary to each other. For instance, a global scale gives the benefit of overarching perspectives, while the local provides a detailed view. Both need to be grasped in order to examine the extent and impact of Bronze Age networks. Furthermore, the ‘global’ and the ‘local’ are not likely to have been separated analytically by the dwellers of the ancient societies of the Mediterranean hinterlands, whose everyday lives may have been tied to both spheres even if a ‘global consciousness’ may not always have been omnipresent or equally distributed. The chapters of this volume cover a large geographic area, providing in a glimpse into how mobility was dealt with in Central Europe, Mycenaean Greece, the Levant, Cyprus and Southern Italy. The Iron Age is dealt with by Momrak, Mühlenbock and Kremer, adding a long-term temporal depth to the overarching theme mobility.


Ole Christian Aslaksen, Introduction [1-14]

Serena Sabatini, Revisiting Late Bronze Age oxhide ingots: Meanings, questions and perspectives [15-62]

Paulina Suchowska-Ducke, The Mycenaeans and Europe: Long-distance networks and cross-cultural communication [63-81]

Katarina Streiffert Eikeland, Engraving the ships. Shared ideas and practices [83-109]

Madelaine Miller, Pottery as sign of cultural encounters: The case of Handmade Burnished and Grey Ware in Khania [111-133]

Hege Agathe Bakke-Alisøy, Communication and Trade at Tegea in the Bronze Age [135-158]

Ann-Louise Schallin, Identities and ‘precious’ commodities at Midea and Dendra in the Mycenaean Argolid [159-190]

Carole Gillis, Color, materiality, sensory experience and Late Bronze Age burials in the Argolid [191-230]

Christoph Kremer, Weaving Identities – Local and global customs between Early Iron Age Italy and Greece [231-252]

Christian Mühlenbock, Adoring the past: Anthropomorphic art and body language in the Iron Age Mediterranean [253-279]

Kristoffer Momrak, Greeks and the East in the Iron Age: Interpreting interaction in the Eastern Mediterranean [281-301]


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