The Early Iron Age Urban Forms of Cyprus

Maria Iacovou

in Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263259
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734618 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Early Iron Age Urban Forms of Cyprus

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This chapter examines the local conditions, traditions, and forms of urban settlement in Cyprus during the Iron Age. It explains that almost to the very end of the Middle Bronze Age, Cyprus had remained a closed rural society, though it was by then completely surrounded by Mediterranean urban states and it was only by 1100 BC that new social and economic structures started to dictate the establishment and development of new population and power centers. The archaeological evidence of 800–600 BC stands testimony to the culmination of a long process of social evolution and urbanization.

Keywords: urban settlement; Cyprus; Iron Age; rural society; urban states; Mediterranean; social evolution; urbanization

Chapter.  11868 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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