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New kid on the block: the nature of the first systemic contacts between Crete and the eastern Mediterranean around 2000 BC

Legarra Herrero, B; (2011) New kid on the block: the nature of the first systemic contacts between Crete and the eastern Mediterranean around 2000 BC. In: Wilkinson, T and Sherratt, S and Bennet, J, (eds.) Interweaving Worlds: Systemic Interactions in Eurasia, 7th to 1st Millennia BC. (pp. 266-281). Oxbow Books: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The model for the Bronze Age Mediterranean constructed by Andrew and Susan Sherratt has strongly influenced recent studies of the Aegean in its wider context, but less attention has been paid to assessing its usefulness to the small-scale. This paper explores the applicability of this model to middle and short-term processes in a small area through an investigation of the transformations that brought the first palaces to Crete. The aim is to revise current ideas about the impact of external influences on the significant cultural changes that occurred on the island around 2000 BC. New dating evidence for the first eastern Mediterranean material found on Crete allows greater contextualisation. The result is a 'Cretan' view of the world-system which is not as asymmetrical as traditionally assumed.

Type: Book chapter
Title: New kid on the block: the nature of the first systemic contacts between Crete and the eastern Mediterranean around 2000 BC
ISBN: 1842179985
ISBN-13: 9781842179987
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/interweaving-world...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474115
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