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

9. Middle Bronze Age Sicily: Imports, Networks, and the Myth of Insular Unity

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

Emma Blake [+-]
University of Arizona
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Emma Blake is an Associate Professor of Archaeology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She has written extensively on the later prehistory of Sardinia, Sicily, and mainland Italy, including co-editing The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory with A. Bernard Knapp (Blackwell, 2008). Her book Social Networks and Regional Identity in Bronze Age Italy was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. She directs the Arizona Sicily Project, a field survey in western Sicily.

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As an island, Sicily would seem to be a natural unit of study, despite its size and proximity to the Italian mainland. Examination of particular historical periods, however, reveals internal east-west cultural and economic cleavages that render an island-wide account of those periods problematic. This is evident from the Late Bronze Age through the Middle Ages and can be argued for periods before and after as well. One period that is touted as a moment of some measure of cultural unity is the Middle Bronze Age, when most of the island appears, from the local ceramics, to belong to the Thapsos archaeological culture. This paper uses social network analysis to argue that the island was as culturally fragmented in the Middle Bronze Age as it would be in later periods.

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Blake, Emma. 9. Middle Bronze Age Sicily: Imports, Networks, and the Myth of Insular Unity. Critical Approaches to Cypriot and Wider Mediterranean Archaeology - (Volume 16). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 163-176 May 2022. ISBN 9781800500594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42485. Date accessed: 21 Mar 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42485. May 2022

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