Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity - Alex R. Knodell

Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity - Alex R. Knodell

2. The Development of Complex Society on Crete: The Balance between Wider Context and Local Agency

Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity - Alex R. Knodell

Sturt W. Manning [+-]
Cornell University
Sturt Manning is Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology and Chair of the Department of Classics at Cornell University, where he also directs the Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory. His research interests include Aegean, Cypriot, and east Mediterranean archaeology, along with the archaeology of complex societies, dendrochronology, radiocarbon dating, and archaeological science. Recent publications include A Test of Time and A Test of Time Revisited: The Volcano of Thera and the Chronology and History of the Aegean and East Mediterranean in the mid-second Millennium BC (Oxbow, 2014) and Tree-Rings, Kings and Old World Archaeology and Environment: Papers Presented in Honor of Peter Ian Kuniholm (Oxbow, 2009).

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There has long been debate over both (1) the timescale and analytical approach to the development of the first ‘palaces’ (and state-like civilization) on Crete, and (2) the primacy of internal processes versus external factors in this transformation. John F. Cherry argued forcefully for a critical approach, whereas others have pursued more creative lines often assuming we can fill in or amplify missing or partial evidence. This paper returns to the topic more than three decades after Cherry’s (1983) evolution or revolution scholarly grenade. It reviews the history of scholarship and investigates aspects of the relevant timescale/process, issues of scale/analysis, and the question of the balance between internal versus external causation.

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Manning, Sturt. 2. The Development of Complex Society on Crete: The Balance between Wider Context and Local Agency. Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 29-58 Jan 2018. ISBN 9781781795279. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30800. Date accessed: 27 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30800. Jan 2018

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