Vortrag OREA (Institut für Orientalische und Europäische Archäologie)

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31 Mär 2016 23:09 #1 von Ariadne
Ariadne erstellte das Thema Vortrag OREA (Institut für Orientalische und Europäische Archäologie)
Mi 06.04.2016 17:30 - 18:30, Postgasse 7/1/10, Seminarraum

Michele Massa, British Institute at Ankara
A multi-scalar analysis of Early Bronze Age exchange networks in Anatolia and surrounding regions

This presentation will focus on the western and central Anatolian Early Bronze Age (ca 3200–1950 BC), a pivotal phase point in the history of the region when the local communities transitioned from village-based societies into the well-structured city-states of the earliest 2nd millennium BC. This period witnesses the gradual intensification of social inequality (cf. appearance of monumental buildings, simple administrative practices, ideology of power), the widespread occurrence of warfare, and the establishment of interregional trade networks. The paper will look into these dynamics through the analysis of exchange mechanisms at increasing scales, from the settlement level to an area spanning the Aegean and Upper Mesopotamia. It will shed light on how different raw materials, products, technological knowledge and cultural behaviours circulated within and without Anatolia, and how increasing degrees of organization and control affected patterns of exchange, both at the production and the circulation stages. Lastly, it will explore the role played by rising local elites and the importance of Anatolia’s vast metal resources in the process of expansion of long-distance networks, which ultimately led to the integration of Anatolia within the Near Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean worlds during the late 3rd millennium BC.

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