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1. Introduction (J. Maran/P. Stockhammer)
2. Words and things: reflections on people's interactions with the material world (H. P. Hahn)
3. Magic, materials and matter: understanding different ontologies (C. Gosden)
4. Material concerns and colonial encounters ( M. Rowlands and P.van Dommelen)
5. Matter of Fact: Transcultural contacts in the late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (A. B. Knapp)
6. Encountering the Foreign. (De-)Constructing alterity in the archaeologies of the Bronze Mediterranean (D. Panagiotopoulos)
7. Trade goods reproducing merchants? The materiality of Mediterranean late Bronze Age exchange (G. J. van Wijngaarden)
8. Migrant drinking assemblages in Aegean Bronze Age settings (J. Rutter)
9. Entangled Pottery: Phenomena of appropriation in the late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean (P. W. Stockhammer)
10. Can we say, What's behind all those sherds? (R. Jung)
11. Ceremonial feasting equipment, social space and interculturality in post-Palatial Tiryns (J. Maran)
12. From Minoan Crete to Mycenean Greece and beyond: the dissemination of ritual practices and their material correlates in ceremonial architecture (E. Borgna)
13. The intercultural transformative capacities or irregularly appropriated goods (S. Sherratt)
14. Lasting Impressions. The appropriation of sealing practices in Minoan Crete (S. Cappel)
15. Hyperculture, tradition and identity: how to communicate with seals in times of global action (M. Heinz and J. Linke)
16. The role of the Canaanite population in the Aegean migration to the southern Levant in the late 2nd Millennium BCE (A. Yasur-Landau)
17. The practical logic of style and memory in early First Millennium Levantine Ivories (M. H. Feldman)
18. An Introduction to the divine statues of, and the objects belonging to, the gods in Mesopotamia during the Old Babylonian Period (c. 2000-1595 BCE) (M. Maggio)

About the Author

Joseph Maran is Professor of pre- and protohistory at Heidelberg University and co-director of the Heidelberg Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context'. His research interests relate to issues of interculturality and changing lifeworlds, relationships between architecture and social practice and between material culture and social memory in societies of the 4th-2nd millennia BC in the eastern Mediterranean. Philipp W. Stockhammer is professor for prehistoric archaeology with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich and co-director of Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, Jena. His research focuses on the transformative power of intercultural encounters, human-thing-entanglements, social practices and the integration of archaeological and scientific interpretation.


The volume represents well various broad theoretical trends that have swept archaeology generally,over the last few decades, and Mediterranean prehistory only recently. The chapters are dense,but thought-provoking, and largely of high quality. -- European Journal of Archaeology European Journal of Archaeology

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