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Balkan Dialogues: Negotiating Identity between Prehistory by Maja Gori, Maria Ivanova

By Maja Gori, Maria Ivanova

Spatial edition and patterning within the distribution of artefacts are subject matters of basic value in Balkan archaeology. for many years, archaeologists have categorised spatial clusters of artefacts into discrete “cultures”, which were conventionally taken care of as certain entities and equated with prior social or ethnic teams. This well timed quantity fulfils the necessity for an up to date and theoretically trained discussion on workforce identification in Balkan prehistory. 13 case experiences masking the start of the Neolithic to the center Bronze Age and written through archaeologists accomplishing fieldwork within the area, in addition to by way of ethnologists with a study specialize in fabric tradition and id, offer a strong beginning for exploring those matters. Bringing jointly the most recent examine, with a selected intentional specialize in the relevant and western Balkans, this assortment deals unique views on Balkan prehistory with relevance to the neighbouring areas of japanese and important Europe, the Mediterranean and Anatolia. Balkan Dialogues demanding situations fashioned interpretations within the box and gives a brand new, contextualised interpreting of the archaeological checklist of this area.

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1 Map visualizing the spread of farming economy from the Near East to Europe. After Zimmermann (2002: 133 fig. 1). Later Balkan prehistory 19 progress, which associated maritime mobility with post-Neolithic societies. A consequence of these preconceptions was that for a long time research projects devoted to Greece in the early Neolithic era concentrated on northern regions that were close to the “natural” land-routes between Anatolia and Europe. By contrast, until the late 1950s the southern areas of the Greek mainland as well as Crete were deemed dead-ends when it came to seeking information on neolithization, as it was believed that the Neolithic economy had spread by land from north to south.

By focusing on the question of origins and routes of dispersal, discussions on the Secondary Products Revolution Later Balkan prehistory 29 have placed more importance on pinpointing where and when an innovation first came into being than on understanding how it was integrated into existing economic and social structures and the ways in which this integration contributed to transforming these structures through the creation of new associations between human and non-human actants. As already argued by Greenfield (2010: 43–6), the main thrust of Sherratt’s argument may still very well hold inasmuch as it was only in the 4th millennium BCE that a variety of secondary products became widely available in different zones within Europe and Asia, and thus enabled them to cross the threshold and make an economic “quantum leap” that transformed their societies through the interplay and cross-linkage of various components of the Secondary Products Revolution (see also Hansen 2014: 246–7).

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