Western Anatolia

Alan M. Greaves

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

 Western Anatolia

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Western Anatolia is often overlooked in discussions of the Bronze Age Aegean, despite its physical proximity to the region. This is partly due to a lack of identified sites and perhaps also to a tendency among scholars to retroject the modern Greek-Turkish political border onto past societies. The excavation of some key coastal, multiperiod sites is also hampered by the overburden of later deposits. This article highlights and critiques those core themes that scholars most frequently revisit. These include the date and nature of the earliest contact between the cultures of the Aegean and those of western Anatolia, the Minoan “colonization” of Miletus, Mycenaean pottery and materials in the region, and questions of the historical-archaeological interface.

Keywords: Western Anatolia; excavation; cultures; Aegean; Minoan colonization; Miletus; Mycenaean pottery

Article.  4718 words. 

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

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