Travellers in Time re-evaluates the extent to which the earliest Mediterranean civilizations were affected by population movement. It critiques both traditional culture-history-grounded notions of movement in the region as straightforwardly transformative, and the processual, systemic models that have more recently replaced this view, arguing that newer scholarship too often pays limited attention to the specific encounters, experiences and agents involved in travel.
By assessing a broad range of recent archaeological and ancient textual data from the Aegean and central and east Mediterranean via five comprehensive studies, this book makes a compelling case for rethinking issues such as identity, agency, materiality and experience through an understanding of movement as transformative.
This innovative and timely study will be of interest to advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students and scholars in the fields of Aegean/Mediterranean prehistory and Classical archaeology, as well as anyone interested in ancient Aegean and Mediterranean culture.
Table of Contents
1 Imagining movement; 2 Movement as explanation: the heritage; 3 Movement, 'Anatolianising’ culture and Aegean social change c. 3500 – 2300 BC; 4 Crete and Cretans in the Mediterranean, eighteenth to sixthteenth centuries BC; 5 ‘Aegean’ expansion: new dynamics, new boundaries in the later LBA; 6 Myth and movement from c. 1200 BC; 7 Later Iron Age Mediterranean movement and ‘Greek colonisation’; 8 Conclusions: movement disassembled
Saro Wallace held full-time lectureships at the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Reading and Warsaw (2004-10). Her career has also included a number of prestigious research fellowships, including those of the Leverhulme Trust, the Alexander S. Humboldt Foundation, the W.F.Albright Institute, and the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University. She has been the recipient of numerous primary research grants including those of the British Academy, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory and the Society of Antiquaries. Since 2008 she has directed field research (survey and excavation) in the landscape around the Bronze to Iron Age site of Karfi, Crete. From 2017 she has been Senior Research Fellow in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester.