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The quantity is the 1st in approximately a decade to concentration a variety of scholarship on some of the most compelling sessions within the antiquity of the Mediterranean and close to East. It offers new interpretive ways to the issues of the Bronze Age to Iron Age transformation, in addition to re-assessments of a variety of excessive profile websites and facts starting from the Ugaritic information, Hazor, the Medinet Habu reliefs, Tiryns and Troy. Implications for a altering weather also are explored within the quantity. the tip of the Bronze Age within the Mediterranean and close to East is a giant problem requiring a various, worldwide, versatile and open minded approach for its interpretation - it's too colossal and intricate for anyone student or interpretive technique. The scope of this quantity is superb, yet now not overwhelming, because the papers are equipped coherently into issues contemplating weather, alternate and interregional dynamics, iconography and notion, the outfitted setting - cemeteries, citadels, and landscapes, and social implications for the construction and intake of pottery. hence, Forces of Transformation is wide adequate to handle some of the significant matters of the top of the Bronze Age, and in addition to encapsulate the present place of scholarship because it pertains to this challenge.

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Finally, I will suggest what may happened to long-distance trade networks after the destruction of Ugarit, and many other Levantine ports, in the early 12th century BCE. The LBA trade in Mycenaean and Cypriot Þnewares in the eastern Mediterranean By the end of the LBA, ceramics were moving from the Aegean and Cyprus to the Levantine coast in considerable quantities, not only as containers for trade goods, such as perfumed oils, but also as attractive dinner-wares. The range of Mycenaean vessel shapes found in domestic contexts in sites such as Ugarit and Sarepta is high, suggesting that they were available to ordinary citizens of these ports, not just the elite (Bell 2005).

Indeed, these products come closest to the Sherratts’ ‘value-added’ category. Grain is not mentioned but given the particular challenges grain poses for overland transportation, it is not unlikely that overland grain trade would have been limited to relatively short distances. Ships Michal Artzy (1985; 1988) has argued that depictions of ships in the eastern Mediterranean suggest the introduction of two new forms during the latter part of the Late Bronze Age, namely long-boats for war and round boats for trade.

Ele[ven] 12. purple [dye] 13. krk–tools[ ] Minimally, this shows that the palace at Ugarit was aware of, and carefully documented, ships with cargoes like the Cape Gelidoniya wreck, whether the ship’s content is to be interpreted as ‘royal’ cargo or ‘private’ bricolage. Evidence for overland trade similarly demonstrates the impossibility of deÞning trade as ‘private’ or ‘palace’, not only in terms of what is traded but who is doing the trading. Akkadian letters, recovered from what is now called the House of Urtenu at Ugarit, attest to a caravan venture running (at least minimally) between Ugarit, Carcemish, and Emar.

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