Critical Approaches to Cypriot and Wider Mediterranean Archaeology - (Volume 16) - Sturt W. Manning

Critical Approaches to Cypriot and Wider Mediterranean Archaeology - (Volume 16) - Sturt W. Manning

5. Placing Politiko Phorades in the Historiography and Evolution of Late Cypriot Metallurgy

Critical Approaches to Cypriot and Wider Mediterranean Archaeology - (Volume 16) - Sturt W. Manning

Vasiliki Kassianidou [+-]
University of Cyprus
Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou has been teaching Environmental Archaeology and Archaeometry at the University of Cyprus since 1994. From 2015 to 2010 she was the Director of the Archaeological Research Unit. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, USA in 1989 with a double major in Chemistry and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. She continued her studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London where she received her doctoral degree on Archaeometallurgy in 1993. Her research focuses on ancient technology and specifically the production and trade of Cypriot copper through antiquity but also on the impact of this industry on the Cypriot landscape and environment.

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Since the discovery of extensive copper workshops in the major coastal urban centre of Enkomi and copper oxhide ingots bearing Cypro-Minoan signs, the production and trade of copper in the Proto historic Bronze Age has been a key research question in Cypriot Archaeology. A. Bernard Knapp was, however, the one scholar who tried for the first time to see production of copper through a theoretical lens and investigate how the industry and the trade of copper was organized. Through the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project, which he designed and directed, and the excavation of the primary smelting workshop of Politiko Phorades he added a substantial body of evidence which enables us today to better understand these issues. The aim of this paper is to review current evidence regarding the production and trade of Cypriot copper and the organization of the industry in the earliest phase of the Proto-historic Bronze Age.

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Kassianidou, Vasiliki . 5. Placing Politiko Phorades in the Historiography and Evolution of Late Cypriot Metallurgy. Critical Approaches to Cypriot and Wider Mediterranean Archaeology - (Volume 16). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 87-107 May 2022. ISBN 9781800500594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42481. Date accessed: 24 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42481. May 2022

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