Women at home and in the community in prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus

Authored by: Jennifer M. Webb

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910

10.4324/9781315621425.ch26

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Abstract

The developmental trajectory of Cyprus in the Early and Middle Bronze Age (c.2450–c.1750 bc) is rather different to that of surrounding cultures. 1 While elsewhere many societies were progressing towards urbanisation, those in Cyprus remained at the village level and there is no evidence for writing, complex administrative systems, or major inequalities in wealth or status. Without written records, our sources of evidence for the lives of women are three-fold: excavated domestic buildings (houses or households) and their contents; mortuary data; and the iconographic record, the latter primarily in the form of terracotta figurines and modelled scenes. Each of these will be discussed, before turning to look at what they and other avenues of enquiry, including technology and ritual, might together tell us about the ‘everyday lives’ of ‘real’ women in prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus.

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