Imperial surplus and local tastes: A comparative study of Mediterranean connectivity and trade

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© 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.

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