By Joe Flatman
Archaeology is extra well known than ever. television and movie have made it appear available and fascinating, and the variety of budding amateurs is at the upward thrust, as is govt help for archaeological projects on an international scale. From cash and combs to battlefields and plantations, archaeologist Joe Flatman presents an incisive creation to the perform of archaeology. via comparative case reports he demonstrates how the archaeological mind-set unearths unforeseen truths concerning the newest phenomena. without warning a landfill web site can disclose extra approximately our ingesting conduct than we could wish to admit, and airports turn into websites as interesting and intricate because the cities and villages they have been equipped over. Flatman additionally trains his eye at the destiny and divulges how archaeology can assist us expect — or even hinder — the crises which are dealing with us this day.
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6 Childe 1925, 302. 9 Finley 1982, 206 (first published in 1957). 7 Polanyi 1957; Dalton 1975. 10 For example, Halstead 1988, 520; Snodgrass 1991. 8 Polanyi 1957, 251-263. 11 Liverani 1986, 411; Sherratt 1999, 169. The ‘New’ or processual archaeology, which enjoyed popularity especially in the 1970s, has influenced the study of ancient trade in several ways. 12 As a result, research focused on social organisation and change of past societies. For the archaeological study of trade, this has meant support for the substantivist position which also emphasised social organisation.
All this prohibits a purely statistical approach to study the on-site distribution of Mycenaean pottery at Ras Shamra and Minet el-Beida. Instead, I will take into account only very marked quantitative differences between excavated areas. These differences need to be checked with regard to the extent to which they can be related to archaeological phenomena, rather than to insufficient data. Fortunately, the recently excavated and published Centre Ville can, in some cases, serve to compensate for the loss of data bearing on other areas.
Mycenaean imports. 27 This list is not complete; it is entirely possible that more 23 Cat. nos. 156, 408, 462, 474, 475, 476, 479, 521, 534. such vessels have been found in Minet el-Beida and Ras 24 Cat. nos. 129, 140, 161, 171, 201, 290, 378, 445, 477, Shamra; see, for example, the list provided by Kara- 478, 502 are here referred to as Helladic, but might georghis (2000, 64-65). At least some Mycenaean deri- 25 rather be Minoan. vations appear to have been produced at Ugarit itself, see Cat.