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Arcane (ARCANE 2)

Associated Regional Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean

E. Peltenburg (ed.)
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X+375 p., 400 b/w ill., 210 x 295 mm, 2013
ISBN: 978-2-503-53498-5
Languages: English
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The second volume of ‘Arcane’ presents a detailed and richly illustrated assessment of the chronological developments in Cyprus during the 3rd millennium BC.

During the 3rd millennium BC, Cyprus became deeply involved with the Ancient Near East and with other parts of the East Mediterranean for the first time since the island was colonised.  This included the likely migration of peoples from the East Aegean and Anatolia, and changes that ushered in the Bronze Age.  Archaeological data for this millennium, however, is scattered and studies tend to be divided on either side of the Bronze Age watershed.  Written by well-known specialists, this volume presents the first detailed assessment of the chronological developments on the island across that divide.  Richly illustrated, it provides an indispensible framework for the period and lays the foundations for more accurate evaluations of inter-regional connections.
Table of Contents


1. Stratigraphy in a non-tell archaeological environment

2. Hand-made ceramics

3. Architectural developments

4. The early phase of the island's metalwork

5. Figurines and other small objects

6. Lithics and the ground stone industry

7. Burials and funerary customs

8. A radiocarbon framework

9. Conclusions





"The resulting volume provides a detailed framework for the study of the third millennium BC on Cyprus, and Peltenburg’s concluding chapter will be essential reading for anyone working on materials from that period." (A. Bernard Knapp, in: Bibliotheca Orientalis, LXX n° 5-6, september-december 2013, p. 786-794)

Series Branch:
Arcane Interregional
Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Ancient history & archaeology: Africa & Asia
Palestine & Near East
Mesopotamia & Iranian plateau (Middle East)

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