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Doug Forsyth

Area Studies in Crete and the Cyclades following the Late Bronze Age dislocation: 1600-480 B.C.

Supervised by: Professor Rebecca Sweetman

I’ve long had an interest in periods of change or transition such as the fall of the western Roman Empire or the end of the Bronze Age; trying to understand the causal agents that put people into motion. This dissertation starts from the hypothesis that material items exported from Crete and items brought to Crete from throughout the eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age (1600-1150 BC) are well represented in the archaeological record while, in comparison, items originating from and coming into the Cycladic islands during the same period are markedly fewer. By the Archaic period (700-480 BC) the pattern was reversed and Cycladic origin items are considerably more plentiful than Cretan origin items outside of the respective regions. This project seeks to affirm this hypothesis by an area-wide examination of the archaeological record concentrating on trade items and other indications of contact between peoples. The dissertation then seeks to explore possible explanations for this change in the trade patterns through diachronic studies of archaeologically attested settlement sites in Crete and the Cyclades.

Academic biography and research interests

Previous degrees: MLitt in Ancient History from Univ. of St. Andrews 2015, MBA from Univ. of Washington 1981, BA in History from Univ. of Washington 1977. 


‘Epigraphic fish lists and seafood processing in Hellenistic Greece.’ (2015) In Found, Newbery and Salaad (eds) Sealines of Communication. University of Southampton, 71-83.