9. Isolation and Connectivity: The Maghrib and the Mediterranean in the First Millennium BC

Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean - Linda R. Gosner

David L. Stone [+-]
University of Michigan
David L. Stone is Lecturer II in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. He studies issues of landscape archaeology, urbanism, and the economy in North Africa and is the main author of Leptiminus (Lamta). Report no. 3, the Field Survey (2011) and Mortuary Landscapes of North Africa (2007). Since 2014 he has directed field surveys analyzing the cities and countrysides of Olynthos and Pella in northern Greece.

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This chapter challenges current conceptions of connectivity and isolation as applied to the Maghrib region of North Africa. It argues that North Africa’s integration with the western Mediterranean during the entirety of the first millennium BC should not now be in question, despite recent assessments to the contrary. I draw on recent archaeological field research at Althiburos and other sites to demonstrate new evidence in areas of in feasting, fortifications, and funerary practices. More specifically, I reject the arguments that the region remained isolated from the rest of the Mediterranean until Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans arrived. Instead, we can now identify interaction with the rest of the Mediterranean from the sixth millennium BC. My focus lies on key phases of interaction in the first millennium BC in which we should no longer regard Africans playing inferior roles.

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Stone, David L.. 9. Isolation and Connectivity: The Maghrib and the Mediterranean in the First Millennium BC. Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jan 2024. ISBN 9781000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44211. Date accessed: 26 Jun 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44211. Jan 2024

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