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

13. Mediterranean Entanglements: Exploring Material Connections in Iron Age Sardinia

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

Peter van Dommelen [+-]
Brown University
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Peter van Dommelen is Joukowsky Family Professor in Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. His research focuses on the western Mediterranean and the Phoenician-Punic world, with a particular interest in colonialism and culture contact as well as rural life and landscape, both past and present. He is actively involved in fieldwork and ceramic studies in Sardinia and Mediterranean Spain and his most recent books are, with Carlos Gómez Bellard, Rural Landscapes of the Punic World, Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology 11 (London: Equinox, 2008) and, co-edited with A. Bernard Knapp, Material Connections in the Ancient Mediterranean (London: Routledge, 2010).

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With this contribution, I build on my collaboration with Bernard Knapp that resulted in the publication of the edited volume Material Connections (2010) to look back at a decade of publications and debate on the twin themes of connectivity and material culture. Most of all, this chapter also offers an opportunity to present emerging comprehensive results from seven years of fieldwork and finds study at nuraghe S’Urachi in west central Sardinia as a case study of what fresh data collected against explicit theoretical perspectives may bring to the ongoing connectivity debates. I discuss architectural, ceramic, zoological and botanical evidence from deposits covering the late 7th to 5th centuries BCE to argue that a concerted focus on people’s everyday lives is a sine qua non for understanding connectivity. The fieldwork at S’Urachi also offers robust support for my claim that connectivity was not a colonial prerogative and that colonial settlements should not be prioritized over their indigenous counterparts, as has all too often been the case.

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van Dommelen, Peter. 13. Mediterranean Entanglements: Exploring Material Connections in Iron Age Sardinia. Critical Approaches to Cypriot and Wider Mediterranean Archaeology - (Volume 16). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 234-250 May 2022. ISBN 9781800500594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42489. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42489. May 2022

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