By A. Bernard Knapp

A. Bernard Knapp provides a brand new island archaeology and island historical past of Bronze Age and early Iron Age Cyprus, set in its Mediterranean context. Drawing out tensions among other ways of considering islands, and the way they're attached or remoted from surrounding islands and mainlands, Knapp addresses an under-studied yet dynamic new box of archaeological enquiry - the social id of prehistoric and protohistoric Mediterranean islanders. In treating matters resembling ethnicity, migration, and hybridization, he offers an up to date theoretical research of quite a lot of correct archaeological info. In utilizing old records to re-present the Cypriot previous, he additionally bargains an built-in archaeological and socio-historical synthesis of insularity and social id at the Mediterranean's 3rd greatest island.

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G. g. Renfrew 1985; Richards 1996, 2003), Madagascar (Dewar and Wright 1993) and the Andaman Islands (Cooper 2002). All these studies concern themselves, to varying extents, with island societies and focus on questions of insularity, island biogeography, social geography, and island identities. Many seek to answer questions such as: why do island societies exhibit special features that set them apart from continental ones? To what extent do people impact on insular environments and, conversely, how do insular settings shape, constrain, or change the actions and attitudes of islanders?

At the same time, however, copper—the economic basis of Cyprus’s prosperity—was mined, produced, and exported throughout the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean world (Muhly 1986; Muhly et al. 1988; Knapp 1989). Cyprus’s geopolitical proWle as well as its market potential, in other words, resulted from both its insularity and its connectivity within the Mediterranean (Portugali and Knapp 1985: 66–7). Maritime interaction and trading by sea, as well as the exploitation of island resources, may help to break down insularity, transforming insular social structures, motivating political or economic development and modifying the individual needs and actions of islanders.

G. Anthony 1990; Chapman and Hamerow 1997a; Cusick 1998; van Dommelen 2006), this aspect also considers how and why people move, what is involved in inter-cultural contacts, how diVerent identities are likely to be proclaimed as distinguishing features, and what kinds of materials might mark all these diVerent factors. Islandscapes: how do we move beyond landscape studies per se (Ashmore and Knapp 1999; Ucko and Layton 1999), and integrate that research into a broader study of social interaction and community relations on Mediterranean islands?

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