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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology pres.

FAST Lecture | Assessing Mechanisms of Mobility and Exchange in the Prehistoric Cyclades

Natalie Abell, University of Michigan

detail of the Miniature Fresco from the West House at Akrotiri, Crete detail of the Miniature Fresco from the West House at Akrotiri, Crete
detail of the Miniature Fresco from the West House at Akrotiri, Crete
Recent research in the Bronze Age Cycladic archipelago has documented the widespread evidence for the distribution of imported products — especially ceramics — throughout the region. In addition, consensus has grown that human mobility was a key feature in driving technical and stylistic changes in Cycladic assemblages. Indeed, the operation of different sorts of mobility seems to be a key feature underlying major patterns of material culture change in the islands during the Middle and Late Bronze Age. In this era, Cycladic islanders adopted and adapted material culture and practice from the palatial Minoan society of Crete. This presentation discusses human and object mobility in the context of changing patterns of consumption and production in the islands in order to provide new perspectives on the so-called Minoanization phenomenon.

Reception at the Kelsey Museum at 5:30 PM, lecture to follow at 6:00 PM.

FAST lectures are free and open to the public. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this tour, please call the Kelsey at 734-647-4167 at least two weeks in advance. We ask for advance notice as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.

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