Enrico De Benedictis
The Dodecanese was a pivot area for the connections between eastern Mediterranean, Aegean Sea and, in a wider context, central Mediterranean. Every convoy which was travelling on sea from west had to pass this archipelago to reach the eastern Mediterranean and its wealthy trade networks. For this reason this area had a strategic role in all the times. In this brief introduction to the archaeology of the Dodecanese the most important topics and issues about the archipelago are debated. After some basic information about geography, weather, environment, raw materials and resources, the paper briefly discusses some theoretical issues related to the trade network theory, trying to give a clear explanation of these dynamics. The archaeological sections give a general overview about the main sites, the materials and the various issues related to the excavation and the research activity. The periods which are taken under consideration are MBA, LBA and EIA. The paper introduces the main issues and problems which characterize the archaeological research of the area and its surroundings.
An introduction to the Archaeology of the Dodecanese between Middle Bronze and Early Iron Age
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