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Materiality and social practice in Late Bronze Age Chania, Crete: Detecting socio-political change in ceramics of the Late Minoan IΒ-IIIB period.
Striking changes, recalling exotic prototypes, in material culture and language on Late Bronze Age Crete c1450-1200 BC are usually attributed to population movement, but may instead reflect strategic adoption of ‘foreign’ objects and ideas to negotiate local socio-political change. To test these alternatives, I will analyse style, technology and raw material in local, hybrid and imported ceramics from domestic, public, ritual and secular archaeological contexts at Chania, Crete. Continuity in technology, selective adoption of exotic forms in particular ceramic types, and use of these types in different contexts would favour local adoption.