Mediterranean Archaeologies of Insularity [Paperback]

Anna Kouremenos(Editor); Jody Michael Gordon(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789253443 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 256p, H9 x W6, b/w
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Mediterranean Archaeologies of Insularity


Recently, complex interpretations of socio-cultural change in the ancientMediterranean world have emerged that challenge earlier models. Influenced bytoday’s hyper-connected age, scholars no longer perceive the Mediterranean as astatic place where “Greco-Roman” culture was dominant, but rather see it as adynamic and connected sea where fragmentation and uncertainty, along with mobilityand networking, were the norm. Hence, a current theoretical approach to studyingancient culture has been that of globalization. Certain eras of Mediterranean history (e.g., the Roman empire) known for their increased connectivity have thus beenanalyzed from a globalized perspective that examines rhizomal networking, culturaldiversity, and multiple processes of social change. Archaeology has proven a usefuldiscipline for investigating ancient “globalization” because of its recent focus on howidentity is expressed through material culture negotiated between both local andglobal influences when levels of connectivity are altered. One form of identity that has been inadequately explored in relation to globalizationtheory is insularity. Insularity, or the socially recognized differences expressed bypeople living on islands, is a form of self-identification created within a particularspace and time. Insularity, as a unique social identity affected by “global” forces,should be viewed as an important research paradigm for archaeologies concerned with re-examining cultural change.

The purpose of this volume is to explore how comparative archaeologies of insularitycan contribute to discourse on ancient Mediterranean “globalization.” The volume’s theme stems from a colloquium session that was chaired by the volume’s co-editors atthe Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2017. Given the current state of the field for globalization studies in Mediterranean archaeology,this volume aims to bring together for the first time archaeologists working ondifferent islands and a range of material culture types to examine diachronically how Mediterranean insularities changed during eras when connectivity increased, such asthe Late Bronze Age, the era of Greek and Phoenician colonization, the Classicalperiod, and during the High and Late Roman imperial eras. Each chapter aims tosituate a specific island or island group within the context of the globalizing forces and networks that conditioned a particular period, and utilizes archaeological material toreveal how islanders shaped their insular identities, or notions of insularity, at thenexus of local and global influences.

Table of Contents

1) Introduction: Mediterranean Archaeologies of Insularity in the Age of Globalization

Jody Michael Gordon and Anna Kouremenos


2) Coloniality and Globalization: The View from the Cyclades

Eugenia Gorogianni, University of Akron

3) Nuragic Networks: Assessing Globalization and Glocalization in a Bronze Age

Sardinian Context

Anthony Russell, University of Glasgow


4) Globalization Processes and Insularity on the Dalmatian Islands in the Late Iron Age

Charles Barnett, Macquarie University, and Marina Ugarković, Institute of

Archaeology, Zagreb

5) Archaic Korkyra (Corfu): The Dynamism of Insularity and Globalization in the Era of

Greek Colonization

David Hernandez, University of Notre Dame


6) Sicilian Tyrants on a Mediterranean Stage

Leigh Anne Lieberman, Claremont McKenna College

7) Fashioning a Global Goddess: The Isis Knot and Insular Connectivity Through the

Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean

Lindsey Mazurek, Bucknell University


8) Globalization and Insularity in (Dis)Connected Crete

Jane Francis, Concordia University

9) Globalizing the Cyclades: Networks of Trade and Cult

Rebecca Sweetman, University of St. Andrews

10) One Island, Two Romes: Globalizations and Insularities in Early and Late Roman


Jody Michael Gordon, Wentworth Institute of Technology, & William Caraher,

University of North Dakota


11) Response: Mediterranean Archaeologies of Insularity in the Age of Globalization

P. Nick Kardulias, College of Wooster


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