Testing Hybridity in Early Iron Age Iberia: using ceramics and theory to explain the significance of Phoenician 'colonialism'.

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Testing Hybridity in Early Iron Age Iberia: using ceramics and theory to explain the significance of Phoenician 'colonialism'.

Type: Research master thesis
Title: Testing Hybridity in Early Iron Age Iberia: using ceramics and theory to explain the significance of Phoenician 'colonialism'.
Author: de Groot, Beatrijsde Groot, Beatrijs
Issue Date: 2012-02-10
Keywords: Phoenicians, Early Iron Age, Iberian ceramics, Culture style, Colonization, Hybridity
Abstract: In the light of the current interests in hybridity in archaeology this thesis tries to find a transparent way to detect hybridity in grey-ware of Early Iron Age Iberia. This pottery type is presumed to be a hybrid ware that has evolved from the influences of local preference for ceramics made with techniques introduced by the Phoenician ‘colonizers’. A case study investigates this issue in the grey-ware assemblage from the site of Cerro Manzanillo in the province of Badajoz, Extremadura. Clearly the analysis of this assemblage poses theoretical as well as practical problems. The obscurities around the parameters to classify grey-ware in the past together with a general lack of understanding about the boundaries and meaning of the stylistic evolution of material culture lead to the conclusion that hybridity is not a good concept to describe this type of material culture. Rather, hybridity can be used to describe the processes behind stylistic change although this is only a valuable classification when this term is defined more accurately.
Supervisor: Bintliff, John
Faculty: Faculty of Archaeology
Department: Archaeology (Research MA)
Specialisation: RMA Town and Country of the Mediterranean region and the Near East
ECTS Credits: 35
Evaluation: Recommended
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/18395
 

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