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Title: The Contribution of Research on Incoronata to the Problem of the Relations between Greeks and Non-Greeks during Proto-Colonial Times
Author(s): DENTI, Mario
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 12    Date: 2013   
Pages: 71-116
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.12.0.2994444

Abstract :
Excavations at Incoronata (region of Basilicata, southern Italy) provide an exceptional record of the meeting of non-Greek and Greek peoples between the 8th and 7th centuries BC, revealing the crucial importance of this site in our understanding of the relations, in proto-colonial times, between the indigenous Iron Age communities established throughout the Ionian coastal belt of Oenotria and the first groups of Greek peoples coming from the Aegean. Following the results of research and excavations over the last ten years by the University of Rennes 2, there have been marked changes in the archaeological framework of the site, as well as the more general heuristic view. The time is ripe to give a progress report on the work, since it concerns a ‘cross-over’ area representing an important phase in the development of Mediterranean archaeology, which is especially significant in characterising the transformation of working methods and philosophy of research applied to studies of the Iron Age.

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