Oliver Dickinson has written a scholarly, accessible, and up-to-date introduction to the prehistoric civilizations of Greece. The Aegean Bronze Age, the long period from roughly 3000 to 1000 BC, saw the rise and fall of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. The cultural history of the region emerges through a series of thematic chapters that treat settlement, economy, crafts, exchange and foreign contact (particularly with the civilizations of the Near East), and religion and burial customs. Students and teachers will welcome this book, but it will also provide the ideal companion for amateur archaeologists visiting the Aegean.
Introduction; 1. Terminology and chronology; 2. The natural environment and resources; 3. The first human populations; 4. Settlement and economy; 5. Arts and crafts; 6. Burial customs; 7. Trade, exchange, and overseas contact; 8. Religion; 9. Conclusions.