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Reconstructing Interactions and Mobility in Prehistoric Cyprus

Preliminary programme

13:00 – 13:40 Dr. Bleda S. Düring Associate Professor Leiden University
Movement and Interaction in Prehistoric Cyprus: Data and Paradigms
This presentation will introduce the theme of the symposium by summarising some of the key arguments concerning movement and interaction in prehistoric Cyprus and will discuss non-ceramic evidence from Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic Cyprus to bring some out of the problems with the currently dominant paradigm.

13:40 – 14:20 Dr. Theodora Moutsiou, Postdoctoral Researcher University of Cyprus.
Reconstructing the Social Landscape of Aceramic Neolithic Cyprus through the Movement of Exotic Raw Materials
This presentation discusses the consumption of exotic raw materials in the earliest prehistory of Cyprus as evinced in the lithic assemblages of Aceramic Neolithic sites across the island. This information is then used to address the early social landscape and contacts between communities within and beyond Cyprus during the Early Holocene.

14:20 – 15:00 Dr. Diane Bolger, Honorary Fellow University of Edinburgh.
‘Mobility, Encounter and Flux’: Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Middle and Late Chalcolithic Periods
The themes of mobility, encounter and flux, inspired by Broodbank’s Making of the Middle Sea, serve as vehicles for exploring the interactions between communities of southwestern Cyprus and regions of the surrounding mainland during the late 4th and early 3rd millennia BC. The focus of the talk will be on evidence of personal ornamentation, specifically the faience beads, metal ornaments and annular pendants recovered from the sites of Lemba, Kissonerga and Souskiou. The adoption of these new forms of ornamentation, which began to replace the centuries-old tradition of picrolite production on the island at the end of the Middle Chalcolithic period, signals a significant change in the construction of personal and social identities that can be attributed in large part to renewed interactions between the island and its eastern Mediterranean neighbours.

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break

15:15 – 15:55 Maria Hadjigavriel, PhD Candidate Leiden University
Tracing Interactions through Pottery Technology Studies in Late Chalcolithic Cyprus
What can a comparative study of red and/or black burnished wares tell us about regionalism, connectivity and transfer of technology in the Late Chalcolithic of Cyprus? Two hypotheses will be explored: first, whether a number or red and/or black burnished wares can be ascribed to a shared pottery tradition, and second, whether they can be compared to the Red-Black Burnished Ware from Anatolia.

15:55 – 16:35 Rafael Laoutari, PhD Candidate University of Cambridge
Interactions and Society in Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus through the Eyes of the Community at Bellapais-Vounous.
The Prehistoric Bronze Age is considered a period of diverse and complex intra- and supra-island interactions in Cyprus. These interactions were instrumental in the construction and negotiation of the historical ontologies of the people in the island. Through the analysis of the dataset from Bellapais-Vounous, this paper has two objectives. First, it aims to elucidate the various lines of interaction of this community in and beyond the island. This is achieved through the exploration of the concepts of style, shape and, when possible, material composition of the available artefacts. Second, these objects are contextually analysed in the frame of the funerary practices of this community, in order to elucidate the possible implications of these objects in the relationships forged and negotiated in this community.

16:35 – 16:50 Discussion

16:50 – 18:00 Drinks

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