End of the Bronze Age

Reinhard Jung

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

 End of the Bronze Age

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Today, the knowledge of the last phases of the Aegean Bronze Age can be based on a few but very important vertical settlement stratigraphies spanning most of the twelfth and eleventh centuries bc; additional evidence comes from cemetery sites. Apart from the known sequences of central Macedonia, from the outset of the Early Iron Age, the relative chronology rests mainly on tomb seriations, as there are still very few settlement stratigraphies available, although the situation is currently improving. The longest settlement stratigraphy for the Postpalatial period is provided by the Lower Citadel at Tiryns in the Argolid. The Tiryns Lower Citadel shows very short intervals of destruction events, rebuilding phases, and floor remakes, which allow a fine-phased pottery sequence. The sequence illustrated in the article provides the largest quantity of stratified settlement pottery known in the Postpalatial Aegean.

Keywords: Aegean Bronze Age; stratigraphies; tomb seriations; Lower; Tiryns; pottery

Article.  6597 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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