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Exploring maritime engagement in the Early Bronze Age Levant: a space/time approach

Exploring maritime engagement in the Early Bronze Age Levant: a space/time approach
Exploring maritime engagement in the Early Bronze Age Levant: a space/time approach
This paper brings to light small-scale and everyday maritime activities through the consolidation of EBA maritime-related material culture from the coastal Levant. By doing so, the research provides an alternative perspective on EBA maritime activities, away from broad accounts of connectivity that neglect small-scale rhythms of coastal life.

The application of temporally imbued spatial analyses serves to contextualise the material record for maritime activities in a wider sphere of coastal dynamics and interaction. Through an analysis of the whole Levantine coast, this paper transcends the separation between the southern, central and northern Levant. In such a way, the sea acts as a unifying agent, a common denominator. By shifting perspectives toward the sea, emphasis is placed on the importance of maritime activities without which our understanding of EBA coastal communities and broader EBA developments, such as social complexity, is limited.
2166-3548
250-272
El Safadi, Crystal
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Sturt, Fraser
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Blue, Lucy
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El Safadi, Crystal
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Sturt, Fraser
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Blue, Lucy
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El Safadi, Crystal, Sturt, Fraser and Blue, Lucy (2020) Exploring maritime engagement in the Early Bronze Age Levant: a space/time approach. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, 8 (3-4), 250-272. (doi:10.5325/jeasmedarcherstu.8.3-4.0250).

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This paper brings to light small-scale and everyday maritime activities through the consolidation of EBA maritime-related material culture from the coastal Levant. By doing so, the research provides an alternative perspective on EBA maritime activities, away from broad accounts of connectivity that neglect small-scale rhythms of coastal life.

The application of temporally imbued spatial analyses serves to contextualise the material record for maritime activities in a wider sphere of coastal dynamics and interaction. Through an analysis of the whole Levantine coast, this paper transcends the separation between the southern, central and northern Levant. In such a way, the sea acts as a unifying agent, a common denominator. By shifting perspectives toward the sea, emphasis is placed on the importance of maritime activities without which our understanding of EBA coastal communities and broader EBA developments, such as social complexity, is limited.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 July 2020
Published date: 14 October 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 442808
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442808
ISSN: 2166-3548
PURE UUID: 5c3b196f-82aa-4298-847d-5537cfe2461a
ORCID for Crystal El Safadi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6399-5875

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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2020 16:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:32

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