Modeling Maritime Travel in the Bronze Age Cyclades (Greece)

Author(s): Katherine Jarriel

Year: 2017


In this paper, I model maritime connections in the central Cyclades (Greece) to better understand small world network interactions during the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3100-2000 BCE). Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), I create a cost raster of local and seasonal wind and wave patterns in the Aegean. Based on this, I generate an anisotropic model of the time it takes to sail outward from various settlements. When compared with ethnographic and archaeological evidence about travel times for habitual interaction, I predict which Early Cycladic communities would have interacted with one another on a regular basis. This allows for a more complete understanding of the intensity and frequency of Early Cycladic intercommunity relations. By relying on travel times rather than absolute distance, this model offers an understanding of community interactions based on meaningful scales of human movement and social time.

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Modeling Maritime Travel in the Bronze Age Cyclades (Greece). Katherine Jarriel. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430498)

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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17354