Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2009

15 December 2009

The Formation of Cyprus in the 2nd Millennium B.C. Proceedings of a Workshop held at the 4th Cyprological Congress May 2nd, 2008, Lefkosia, Cyprus

Edited by Irmgard Hein

The Formation of Cyprus in the 2nd Millennium B.C. Proceedings of a Workshop held at the 4th Cyprological Congress May 2nd, 2008, Lefkosia, Cyprus

City: Wien

Year: 2009

Publisher: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften

Series: Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean 20

Description: Paperback, 146 p., colour & b/w ill., 30,5x22 cm


Many questions about the Middle and Late Cypriot Bronze Age remain unanswered, especially those concerned with chronology, social transformation and the development of local entities or industries. The title of this collection of papers “The Formation of Cyprus” was chosen to emphasize the fact that local community activities and trade on a local scale had a considerable influence on island-wide development and, in this instance, on the formation of society in the Bronze Age. The idea was to highlight the complexity and variability in the historical formation of the island during the 2nd millennium B.C., which resulted in the island-wide material culture of the Late Cypriot Period II and later stages. In the discussions at the congress it became clear that a focussed debate on the Bronze Age was essential. It became clear during the workshop and during the very lively discussions that the characterization of the regions of Cyprus is problematic and that further discussion is needed, not just of the Middle Cypriot and Late Cypriot phases. As can be seen from the contributions, detailed interpretation of material groups, of local entities, of architecture, the distribution of wares and of fabrics is essential in order to enhance our understanding of Cypriot life and social development in the 2nd millennium B.C.


Bibliographical Abbreviations

Manfred Bietak, Preface

Irmgard Hein, Introduction

David Frankel, ‘What do we mean by ‘Regionalism’?’.

Jennifer M. Webb, ‘Deneia: A Middle Cypriot site in its regional and historical context’.

Louise C. Maguire, ‘Design execution sequences in White Painted, Proto White Slip and White Slip pottery’.

Kathryn O. Eriksson, ‘Regionalism and island-wide Analysis: Some observations regarding White Painted V and VI wares from Middle Cypriot III / Late Cypriot I Tombs from the North West region of Cyprus’.

Giorgos Georgiou, ‘The Dynamism of central Cyprus during Middle Cypriot III: Funerary Evidence from’.

Lindy Crewe, ‘Regionalism and the first appearance of Plain White Handmade ware in the Middle Cypriot Bronze Age’.

Ariane Jacobs, ‘Considering ceramic variability on Late Bronze Age Cyprus. A case-study: The plainvessels of Alassa Pano-Mandilatis’.

Priscilla Schuster Keswani, ‘Exploring regional variation in Late Cypriot II–III pithoi: Perspectives from Alassa and Kalavasos’.

Sophocles Hadjisavvas, ‘Aspects of regionalism in Late Cypriot architecture and the case of Alassa’.

Louise Steel, ‘Exploring regional settlement on Cyprus in the Late Bronze Age: The rural hinterland’.


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