This research centres on the ideology and socio-economic practices
of the communities in the Argolid and the Methana Peninsula
(Peloponnese, Greece) that existed during approximately 1200 BC
through 900 BC. A thorough examination of mortuary practices, the
built environment, ceramic material and metal objects demonstrate
that during this transitional period an ideological shift took
place alongside complex socio-economic developments. An analysis of
the material evidence indicates the active formation of a new
ideology and socio-economic practices that privileged the
individual and the domestic unit over the larger corporate group.
After presenting the geographic and research background for these
two regions, the author discusses the concept of the Greek Dark
Ages and analyses the mortuary evidence and built environment,
demonstrating that, following the collapse of the Mycenaean
palatial administration, the remaining communities maintained and
developed practices that promoted the individual or the domestic
unit. Analysis of specific examples from the ceramic material and
metal objects dating to this period are used to discuss specific
activities, such as production and exchange. Evidence from this
data illustrates that these activities had, in all probability,
taken place outside the direct control of the Mycenaean palatial
administration and continued without substantial interruption
throughout this period. This re-appraisal of the material culture
dating from the Late Helladic IIIB 2 through Early Geometric period
combines new theoretical approaches to collapsed societies and
attempts to reconstruct the ideology and socio-economic practices
of Iron Age communities in the Argolid and the Methana Peninsula."
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||British Archaeological Reports International Series
||297 x 210 x 10mm (L x W x T)
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