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ASPECTS OF LOCAL BRONZE AGE ECONOMIES: CHIPPED STONE ACQUISITION AND PRODUCTION STRATEGIES IN THE ARGOLID, GREECE

by NEWHARD, JAMES MICHAEL

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This study investigates the regional acquisition, production, and distribution patterns of chipped stone in the Bronze Age Argolid. Specific focus was placed on the discovery of lithic resources which would have provided usable cherts to the Argive settlements. A chert resource near the village of Ayia Eleni appears to have been used by a number of prehistoric communities. Quantities of local chert from these settlements indicate that the northeastern section of the Argolid (Mycenae, Midea, and Tzoungiza) used more quantities of the material than other Argive sites. A model of embedded procurement, encapsulated within pastoral transhumance, is suggested as the method by which the stone was transported from the primary source to the Argive settlements. This interpretation indicates that economic activities were occurring outside the control of the palatial centers, further supporting the theory that the palatial component of the Mycenaean economy was more limited in scope than is often thought.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:lithic analysis archaeology aegean prehistory classics

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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