Social Change in Aegean Prehistory [Paperback]

Corien Wiersma (Editor); Sofia Voutsaki (Editor)

Regular Price: £36.00

Special Price: £12.95

ISBN: 9781785702198 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 192p, H240 x W170 (mm)

Also available as an ebook from:
Buy From Amazon Amazon
Buy From Apple Apple
Buy From Barnes and Noble Barnes & Noble
Buy From Kobo Kobo
Buy From Google Google

Oxbow Books will earn a small commission if you buy an ebook after clicking a link here.

Social Change in Aegean Prehistory


This volume brings together papers that discuss social change. The main focus is on the Early Helladic III to Late Helladic I period in southern Greece, but also touches upon the surrounding islands. This specific timeframe enables us to consider how mainland societies recovered from a ‘crisis’ and how they eventually developed into the differentiated, culturally receptive and competitive social formations of the early Mycenaean period.

Material changes are highlighted in the various papers, ranging from pottery and burials to domestic architecture and settlement structures, followed by discussions of how these changes relate to social change. A variety of factors is thereby considered including demographic changes, reciprocal relations and sumptuary behaviour, household organization and kin structure, age and gender divisions, internal tensions, connectivity and mobility. As such, this volume is of interest to both Aegean prehistorians as to scholars interested in social and material change.

The volume consists of eight papers, preceded by an introduction and concluded by a response. The introduction gives an overview of the development of the debate on the explanation of social change in Aegean prehistory. The response places the volume in a broader context of the EH III-LH I period and the broader discussion on social change.

Table of Contents

1. Premycenaean Pottery Shapes of the Central Aegean: A New Resource in Development
Walter Gauβ and Michael Lindblom
2. The Temporal Slicing and Dicing of Minyan Culture: A Proposal for a Tripartite Division of a Lengthier Greek Middle Bronze Age and the Issue of Nomadism at Its Beginning
Jeremy B. Rutter
3. Early Helladic III: A Non-Monumental but Revitalized Social Arena?
Erika Weiberg
4. Reciprocity and Exchange Relationships: Exploring the Dynamics of Bronze Age Social Structures through Feasting and Hospitality
Daniel J. Pullen
5. Domestic Architecture: A Means to Analyse Social Change on the Bronze Age Greek Mainland
Corien Wiersma
6. Social Change in Middle Helladic Lerna
Sofia Voutsaki and Eleni Milka
7. Social Complexity in Late Middle Bronze Age and Early Late Bronze Age Cyclades: A View from Ayia Irini
Evi Gorogianni and R.D. Fitzsimons
8. Long-Term Developments in Southern Mainland Settlement Systems from Early Helladic to Late Helladic Times as Seen Through the Lens of Regional Survey
John Bintliff
9. Middle Helladic Reflections
John F. Cherry

Reviews & Quotes

"…a very important read for those interested in the explanation of social change and for Aegean prehistorians in particular. Nicely illustrated throughout, with maps, drawings, graphs, charts and images, this publication certainly achieves the goal set at the beginning, in the Groningen conference: to sustain the momentum in the study and better understanding of social life in the Aegean from c. 2200 to 1600 BC – a crucial timeframe in each own right and not just for explaining the emergence of the Mycenaean palaces."
Yannis Galanakis
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society (08/12/2017)

Product Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.

Memory usage: real: 24641536, emalloc: 24215288
Code ProfilerTimeCntEmallocRealMem