By Oliver Dickinson

Oliver Dickinson has written a scholarly, available and up to date advent to the prehistoric civilizations of Greece. The Aegean Bronze Age observed the increase and fall of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. The cultural background of the sector emerges via a sequence of thematic chapters that deal with payment, financial system, crafts, alternate and international touch, and faith and burial customs. scholars and lecturers will welcome this ebook, however it also will give you the excellent better half for beginner archaeologists traveling the Aegean.

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989, Introduction, A); for much detailed discussion. see Bintliff '977. Chs 1-4. and for stimulating comments Sandars 1978, Ch . I. See also, on the tectonic background, Shelford [982: 74-6; on rising sea level since the end of the Ice Age. Van Andel and ShackletOn 1982; on erosion and allu viation, Davidson and Tasker 1982: 92-3; and on their relationship to the vegetation cover and its original nature Rackham 1982, 1983 (especially 339-47; primarily relating to Boeotia). Native Aegean flora and fauna are much discussed in Morgan 1988, Chs 2-3; see also on flora.

Since Warren and Hankey give extended treatment to the material, only a broad outline will be presented here, and Fig. 3 is designed to give a general impression. For the beginning of the BA there is no evidence apart from that of radiocarbon dates (Warren and Hankey, I2o-l). The general tendency of these is to suggest that the latest Neolithic material falls in the earlier fourth millennium and the local BA sequences could begin well before 3000 Be. This view is supported by consideration of the dates from Myrtos in particular, which suggest a beginning for EM lIB before 2500 (Whitelaw 1986).

M. 1973: 202-3), suggests a link, and certain rypes of artefact, with the common use of mud-brick for building, suggest general Near Eastern connections. But the Aegean sites have other features which are hard to parallel in the Near East, and certainly the settlement of Knossos must have required careful planning and considerable familiarity with sailing distances and possible landfalls in the Aegean (Broodbank and Strasser 199 1). The foundation of Knossos was a unique expansion of human society into the Aegean, and in many respects it remains strongly individual (Broodbank 1992).

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