An Island Polity: The Archaeology of Exploitation in Melos

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Colin Renfrew, J. Malcolm Wagstaff
CUP Archive, Apr 8, 1982 - Social Science - 361 pages
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The Greek island of Melos in the Cyclades has been inhabited for at least five thousand years. Two periods of its history are well documented: the late Bronze Age, when it supported an important urban centre at Phylakopi and the late fifth century BC, when as an independent city-state it briefly defied and was then destroyed by the expansionist power of Athens. The case of Melos is thus relevant to the understanding of the processes of early state-formation and of the integration of small-scale societies into larger political units. As the contributors to this volume show, a small island provides a very suitable area - clearly defined, self-contained - in which to examine the processes of social, cultural and economic change and the forces - sometimes gradual and almost imperceptible in their effect, sometimes sudden and dramatic - by which changes are initiated.
 

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Contents

PLATES
3
THE HISTORY OF SOCIETY IN MELOS
9
4a Latin possessions in 1207
62
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM
73
Geomorphological evolution during the late
82
Island resources and their limitations
95
Traditional land use
106
INTRASYSTEMIC RELATIONS
135
INTERSYSTEMIC RELATIONS
181
Prehistoric exchange
222
Postclassical exchange
236
interaction intensification and
264
the
310
A l
311
Gazetteer of Melian placenames
323
B 2
338

Early agriculture in Melos
156
Alternative subsistence strategies
172

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