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Title: A barrier to be broken : change and continuity in the transition between Bronze and Iron Age Aegean, from the observation of burial contexts and grave goods
Author: Mureddu, Nicola
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 7311
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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This work discusses change and continuities taking place in the transition from the Late Bronze to the Early Iron Ages in Greece. The geographical range will cover the eastern mainland (including Euboea), Naxos and Knossos, in a period starting from the final palatial culture of LH IIIB2/13th century and ending with the Proto-Geometric/10th century burial evidence. In order to collect and observe the archaeological evidence several tombs assemblages have been researched from both original reports and visits to relevant Greek museums. Finds have been tabulated, and continuities, innovations and losses have been identified. The major categories of material evidence analysed included pottery, metalwork and jewellery but also the form of the tombs and the manner of the burials were considered. The final analysis of these categories of evidence refutes theories of major and or abrupt change, whether caused by invasion or natural phenomena. It rather indicates social modifications following the loss of the palatial centres and their administration and culminating in their gradual replacement by new forms of social structure. Although not directly demonstrable from the existing evidence, a possible scenario is proposed to explain the frequent indications of influence from SE and Central Europe during this transition.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: CB History of civilization ; CC Archaeology ; D051 Ancient History ; DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World