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Globalisation in the Bronze Age?: In search of a Metaphor of Connectivity in the Central Mediterranean

Author(s): Anthony Russell

Year: 2017

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The world in which native Sicilians and Sardinians exist in the second half of the 2nd millennium BC is an increasingly connected one. As we move beyond static, binary, and often uni-directional frameworks for assessing social and material change (e.g., ‘acculturation’), beyond the entrenched categories of 'Mycenaeans' or 'Cypriotes' vs 'natives', there is an opportunity to explore new analytical avenues to describe or explain the socio-cultural shifts that occur on these two islands. In this presentation I will propose that certain aspects of modern globalisation studies—recently applied to debates concerning Romanisation, Hellenisation, or Iron Age Orientalisation—may also work as an acceptable metaphor for the cross-cultural consumption of goods and ideas that we encounter as the Bronze Age winds to a close. Even without the hyper-connectivity or an existing single cultural framework that later periods can claim, examining modern globalisation ‘in action’ can inform us about material changes and social reconstructions at the beginning of the Mediterranean connectivity story.

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Globalisation in the Bronze Age?: In search of a Metaphor of Connectivity in the Central Mediterranean. Anthony Russell. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431741)


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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): 14982

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America