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Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean

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Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean brings together a series of papers that explore theoretical and material approaches to connectivity and mobility in the ancient Central and Western Mediterranean. The diverse contributions span the period of the Late Bronze Age through the Late Roman period and focus on locales across the central-western Mediterranean region, specifically Iberia, Southern France, North Africa, Italy, Sicily, the Balearic Islands, Sardinia, and Corsica. Case studies are grouped around the themes of people, things, and landscapes. Focusing on the small-scale picture, they illuminate local experiences of connectivity and mobility that run “against the grain” of more usual large-scale narratives of Greek, Phoenician, Carthaginian, and Roman contact and colonization in the west. Taken together, the chapters demonstrate the value of dialogue across regional and national divides that have traditionally fragmented research in these regions. Further, they bring out the common themes that emerge when approaching connectivity and mobility from a broad diachronic perspective when not confined by traditional divisions between prehistory and the classical period. The book highlights the work of emerging scholars, framed by discussions by prominent scholars in the field, combining deep expertise with fresh perspectives and new approaches to connectivity and mobility in the ancient world.

Published: Jan 15, 2024

Series


Section Chapter Authors
Preface
Preface Linda R. Gosner, Jeremy Hayne
Chapter 1
Moving Forward: Archaeologies of Connectivity and Mobility Linda R. Gosner, Jeremy Hayne
Part I: Human Movement, Mobility, and Migration
2. Mediterranean Connectivity in Southern Italy: Datasets, Methods, and Theory Giulia Saltini Semerari
3. Human Mobility between Italy and NE Hispania during the Late Republican Period Alejandro G. Sinner
4. Mining, Movement, and Migration in the Industrial Landscapes of Roman Iberia Linda R. Gosner
Part II: Material Interactions and Connections
5. A Lower-case ‘g’ Globalized World? Examining Three Paradigms of Culture Contact in Middle and Late Bronze Age Sicily Anthony Russell
6. ‘The Missing link’? Sardinia, Corsica and Italy: Their Connections in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Jeremy Hayne
7. The Business of Becoming: Network and Community in the Northwest Mediterranean in the Mid-First Millennium BC Catherine Steidl
8. A Shotgun Wedding? Culture Mixing as Phoenician Mercantile Strategy in the Bay of Cadiz (c. 800-600 BC) Antonio Saez Romero, Philip Johnston
Part III: Landscapes of Connectivity and Mobility
9. Isolation and Connectivity: The Maghrib and the Mediterranean in the First Millennium BC David L. Stone
10. At the Margins of ‘Orientalization’: Funerary Ritual and Local Practice in Apennine Central Italy Jessica Nowlin
11. Intra and Inter-island Connectivity in the Balearic Islands in Antiquity Catalina Florit
Part IV: Breaking Boundaries, Moving Forward
12. Local Heroes: Alternative Histories of the Western Mediterranean Peter van Dommelen, Miguel Cau Ontiveros
13. Local Experiences, Global Connections: Finding a Balance Tamar Hodos, Carolina López-Ruiz
14. A Place for the Local Linda R. Gosner, Jeremy Hayne