Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2011

15 November 2011

Tracing Prehistoric Social Networks through Technology. A Diachronic Perspective on the Aegean

Edited by Ann Brysbaert

Tracing Prehistoric Social Networks through Technology. A Diachronic Perspective on the Aegean

City: London/New York

Year: 2011

Publisher: Routledge

Series: Routledge Studies in Archaeology

Description: Hardback, xi+207 p., b/w and colour illustrations, 23,5x15,8 cm


This volume investigates smaller and larger networks of contacts within and across the Aegean and nearby regions, covering periods from the Neolithic until Classical times (6000–323 BC). It explores the world of technologies, crafts and archaeological ‘left-overs’ in order to place social and technological networks in their larger economic and political contexts. By investigating ways of production, transport/distribution, and consumption, this book covers a chronologically large period in order to expand our understanding of wider cultural developments inside the geographical boundaries of the Aegean and its regions of contact in the east Mediterranean.

This book brings together scholars’ expertise in a variety of different fields ranging from historical archaeology (using textual evidence), archaeometry, geoarchaeology, experimental work, archaeobotany, and archaeozoology. Chapters in this volume study and contextualize archaeological remains and explore networks of crafts-people, craft traditions, or people who employed various technologies to survive. Central questions in this context are how and why traditions, techniques, and technologies change or remain stable, or where and why cross-cultural boundaries developed and disintegrated.


List of Figures [vii]

List of Tables [ix]

Acknowledgments [xi]

Ann Brysbaert, ‘Introduction: Tracing Social Networks through Studying Technologies’ [1-11]

Christina Tsoraki, ‘Disentangling Neolithic Networks: Ground Stone Technology, Material Engagements and Networks of Action’ [12-29]

Melissa Vetters, ‘‘Thou Shalt Make Many Images of Thy Gods’. A Chaîne Opératoire Approach to Mycenaean Religious Rituals Based on Iconographic and Contextual Analyses of Plaster and Terracotta Figures’ [30-47]

Manolis Mikrakis, ‘Technologies of Sound across Aegean Crafts and Mediterranean Cultures’ [48-71]

Katherine Harrell, ‘A War of Words: Comparing the Performative Cross-Craft Interaction of Physical Violence and Oral Expression in the Mycenaean World’ [72-88]

Julie Hruby, ‘Ke-ra-me-u or Ke-ra-me-ja? Evidence for Sex, Age, and Division of Labour among Mycenaean Ceramicists’ [89-105]

Areti Pentedeka, ‘Links of Clay in Neolithic Greece: The Case of Platia Magoula Zarkou’ [106-125]

Despina Margomenou & Maria Roumpou, ‘Storage Technologies as Embedded Social Practices: Studying Pithos Storage in Prehistoric Northern Greece’ [126-142]

Jari Pakkanen, ‘Aegean Bronze Age Weights, Chaînes Opératoires, and the Detecting of Patterns through Statistical Analyses’ [143-166]

Angelos Papadopoulos, ‘Business as Usual: Cypriot Demand for Aegean Pottery during the Late Bronze Age’ [167-182]

Ann Brysbaert, ‘Technologies of Reusing and Recycling in the Aegean and Beyond’ [183-204]

List of Contributors [205]

Index [207]


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