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"Minding the Gap": Gaps, Destructions, and Migrations in the Early Bronze Age Aegean. Causes and Consequences

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Sailing ship from the relief in the Temple of Sahure, 5th Dynasty.
Sailing ship from the relief in the Temple of Sahure, 5th Dynasty.

The upheavals and transformations in Greece and the Cyclades during the late third millennium B.C.E. must be considered in the light of related events throughout the eastern Mediterranean, as well as in regions farther east and west. The prolonged desiccation event between ca. 2300 and 2000 B.C.E., for which there is extensive evidence in the Near East and Egypt (and perhaps a far wider region), is explored together with the potential impact of roughly contemporaneous developments including migrations, the displacement of trading networks, warfare, new weapons technologies, and the appearance of sailing vessels in the Mediterranean.

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“Minding the Gap”: Gaps, Destructions, and Migrations in the Early Bronze Age Aegean. Causes and Consequences
By Malcolm H. Wiener
American Journal of Archaeology Volume 117 Number 4 (October 2013), pp. 581–592
DOI: 10.3764/aja.117.4.0581
© 2013 Archaeological Institute of America