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Exotica in the Prehistoric Mediterranean


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This book examines how exotic materials were exchanged and used across the Mediterranean from the Neolithic era to the Iron Age, focusing on the Bronze Age. A variety of materials and interpretative approaches are presented through several case studies. These emphasise how the value of exotic materials depended on the context in which they were consumed. The book firmly departs from assumptions of fixed categories such as prestige items or corresponding values, as evident in the Amarna letters. Instead, it shows how almost any object could be appreciated or ignored depending primarily on the cultural, social and economic dynamics of individual communities.

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Archaeologists explore materials and product that are not indigenous to where they were found. They cover the Neolithic, amber, the East Mediterranean and the Aegean Bronze Age, westward by ship, and broadening the perspective. Among the topics are skeuomorphs of Mediterranean shells in Chalcolithic south eastern Europe, neolithic amber processing and exchange on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, exotica in Early Mycenaean burials as evidence for the self-representation of the elite, ivory items from Roca as a case study of the social and economic role of exotica in the central Mediterranean, and prestige swords of the Bronze Age. Some of the 17 papers were selected from a session at the September 2007 meeting of the European Association of the Archaeologists, held in Zadar, Croatia; others were invited from specialists. A battery of color photographs is provided, but no index. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Andrea Vianello.
Oxbow Books Limited
Vianello, Andrea
World History-Ancient Near East
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