Mortuary Ritual and Society in Bronze Age Cyprus - Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology S. v. 9 (Hardback)
  • Mortuary Ritual and Society in Bronze Age Cyprus - Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology S. v. 9 (Hardback)
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Mortuary Ritual and Society in Bronze Age Cyprus - Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology S. v. 9 (Hardback)

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Mortuary Ritual and Society in Bronze Age Cyprus is a ground-breaking investigation of burial practices and social transformations in the era when Cypriot agricultural communities moved from village to urban life and became major players in the eastern Mediterranean copper trade. Confronting the many interpretive challenges posed by tombs used for multiple interments, the author develops an innovative theoretical and methodological approach that enables her to define and elucidate the shifting spatial relationships between tombs and habitation areas, the elaboration of rituals involving secondary treatment and collective burial, and changing patterns of mortuary expenditure and symbolism throughout the Bronze Age. Keswani proposes that during the Early-Middle Bronze periods, the growing elaboration of mortuary festivities and their crucial importance in negotiating status hierarchies contributed to the intensification of Cypriot copper production and the expansion of interregional exchange relations. This helped set the stage for the rise of urban polities early in the Late Bronze Age, when the presence of hereditary elites first becomes apparent in the Cypriot archaeological record. Subsequent changes in mortuary practice suggest that the importance of collective burial rites and traditional modes of ritual display diminished over the course of the Late Bronze Age, as urban institutions multiplied and the bases of social prestige were transformed.

Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781904768036
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 244 x 169 x 22 mm

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