Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean past communities were nodes of contacts where a wide range of crafts were employed, developed, sometimes ordered and overseen, but, most of all, needed in order to sustain the community itself -- whether the context was a small village, a cave settlement or a palace. This volume investigates smaller and larger networks of contacts within and across the Aegean and nearby regions, covering periods from the Neolithic until Classical times (6000#xE2;#xAC;#x1C;323 BC). It zooms into the world of technologies, crafts and, more specifically, its archaeological #xE2;#xAC;#xDC;left-overs#xE2;#xAC;", in order to place social and technological networks in their larger economic and political contexts. By investigating ways of production, transport/distribution and consumption, this book covers a chronologically large period in order to expand our understanding of wider cultural developments inside the geographical boundaries of the Aegean and its regions of contact in the east Mediterranean. This book brings together scholars#xE2;#xAC;" expertise in a variety of different fields ranging from historical archaeology (using textual evidence), archaeometry, geoarchaeology, experimental work, archaeobotany, and archaeozoology. Chapters in this volume study and contextualise archaeological remains and investigate these via an interdisciplinary methodology in order to expose networks of crafts-people, craft traditions or people who employed various technologies to survive. Central questions in this context are how and why traditions, techniques and technologies change or remain stable, or where and why cross-cultural boundaries developed and disintegrated #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; and then to explore the impact of these phenomena. Tracing Prehistoric Social Networks through Technologythus contributes to the field of archaeological and anthropological technologies and social structures of a wide range of Mediterranean communities with these widening ideas, concepts and methodologies in mind.
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