Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2010

Abstract

Reconstructing the civilizations and interactions of the Late Bronze Age Aegean is a complex problem. The chronology for this region is largely described by trends in Mycenaean pottery, and trade of such objects allows the archaeological find to be correlated to those of other regions such as Egypt and Anatolia with varying strength, since Mycenaean pottery was widely distributed through the Mediterranean. This substantial propagation of both Mycenaean objects and styles indicates regular trade from the center of Mycenaean palatial civilization during the Late Bronze Age. However, quantifying trade from archaeological remains is a difficult prospect. Not only may artifacts be sparse, but objects may be traded multiple times, stockpiled, or copied so that it is difficult to attach them to interactions between particular cultures in a given time period. Despite these difficulties, reconstructing trade relationships is helpful in understanding economic and political structures in a civilization as they change over time.

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