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Sicilians In Ancient Salcombe

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« on: May 18, 2009, 12:44:10 pm »









The Langdon Bay and Moor Sand collections have contributed to a greater understanding of the relationship between object types and their metal composition in continental Europe. The Salcombe B discoveries allow for another opportunity tofurther develop this line of research. The presence of this material on England's south coast would appear to be tangible evidence of cross-channel connections. Such connections have frequently been deduced from land finds, but are rarely attested directly.

It is also well appreciated by bronze age researchers that interlocking maritime networks extended all along the Atlantic seaboard of Europe and ultimately linked in to others traversing the Mediterranean. There may not have been long-distance voyages spanning this whole chain, but this possibility will have to be reconsidered in the light of the Salcombe discovery. The assemblage provides a rare chance to view objects in transit, the nearest that archaeology can get to witnessing trade in action rather than trade as inferred from redistributed material. It has the potential to contribute significantly to the debate about the nature and purpose of bronze age exchange, and the extent to which it underpins social structures and economic growth.






David Parham is a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University.

Stuart Needham is curator of European bronze age collections at the British Museum.

Michael Palmer is licensee of the South West Maritime Archaeological Group.



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