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Title: A study of the pattern and extent of Near Eastern influence on Greek jewellery of the 11th to 8th centuries BC
Author: Wells, S. L.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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The aim of this thesis is to examine the pattern and extent of Near Eastern influence on Greek jewellery of the eleventh to eighth centuries B.C., concentrating on the areas of Athens, Lefkandi, and Knossos. These areas have been chosen because the excavations of all three areas have been fully published; in addition, some of the material from Lefkandi and Knossos has only recently been published, and so has not yet been included in a study of this nature. An introductory section gives a history of the study of jewellery, listing past work; from there, the process of the current study is laid out: the areas and periods of focus, the nature of the evidence, and the types (e.g. dress pins, finger rings, pendants) that will be considered. In addition, an overview of the Late Bronze Age material from the Aegean is given, to provide both a reference and a starting point for the study of the Early Iron Age material. One chapter is devoted to each area – Athens, Lefkandi, and Knossos, - in which the jewellery is laid out by date and type, and examined in the light of the development of the material from the Sub-Mycenaean/Sub-Minoan period to the end of the eighth century, and the influences, both internal and external, that are evident in the material. In addition to the individual studies, another chapter is devoted to a comparison of the material from all three areas, focusing in particular on differences and changes in types, usage, influence, and dates. Chapter seven gives a brief overview of Near Eastern jewellery, particularly the types, techniques, and materials used in its production. Following this is a chapter that compares the Greek material with the Near Eastern, examining in particular motifs, materials, types, and techniques that might have entered into the Greek repertoire by way of the Near East, and highlighting the dates of this adoption. The concluding chapter summarizes the material covered and gives conclusions comparing the nature and dates of Near Eastern influence on the jewellery in each of the three areas of Greece under consideration.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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