Imperial surplus and local tastes: A comparative study of Mediterranean connectivity and trade
© 2016 selection and editorial matter, Cavan Concannon and Lindsey A. Mazurek. Regional programs of archaeological survey have long oered a unique and important contribution to the scholarship on connectivity in the Mediterranean. In documenting the distribution of sites and artifacts across disparate landscapes, archaeological surveys record a snapshot of the orientation of particular regions toward broader networks of production, trade, and culture. e most basic and ubiquitous kinds of object recorded through survey-fragmented ceramic jars, amphorae, basins, pots, bowls, and plates-speak to questions about a region’s links to territories and provinces elsewhere. e sophisticated tools for quantifying, analyzing, and mapping survey data through databases and geospatial platforms, moreover, have established a basis for measuring changes in connectivity over time and space. Finally, the juxtaposition of dierent sets of survey data side-by-side highlights the dierential access of regions, communities, and sites to the networks of distribution that passed the basic stu of daily life across the corrupting seas.
Caraher, William and Pettegrew, David, "Imperial surplus and local tastes: A comparative study of Mediterranean connectivity and trade" (2016). History Educator Scholarship. 55.