History of Research

James D. Muhly

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 History of Research

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This article suggests that there is considerable interest today in what can be described as the history of scholarship. Works such as William McDonald and Carol Thomas's Progress into the Past and J. Lesley Fitton's The Discovery of the Greek Bronze Age give excellent accounts of the historical development of Bronze Age scholarship and of Aegean archaeology. Mention should also be made of the excellent short handbook by Carol Thomas, Myth Becomes History: Pre-Classical Greece, written for students of ancient history and containing extensive bibliography. It was the study of seal stones from Crete and their possible evidence for early pictographic writing that first involved Arthur Evans in the antiquities of the island and led to one of his earliest publications, Cretan Pictographs and Prae-Phoenician Scripts. The study of Minoan and Mycenaean seal stones and clay sealings soon developed into one of the major research areas in Bronze Age archaeology.

Keywords: history; scholarship; William McDonald; Carol Thomas; J. Lesley Fitton; seal stones; Crete; Arthur Evans; Bronze Age; archaeology

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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