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Imitations and inTeractions in the Eastern Mediterranean: A Study of Bronze Age Cypriot Pottery

Project description

Rethinking the concept of imitation, measuring cultural interactions

During the Second Millennium BC, Cypriot ceramics were traded widely throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, leading to the development of imitations as well as innovative productions inspired by Cypriot shapes and motives. Questioning the concept of imitation and its traditionally held theories, the EU-funded ITEM project investigates where, when and why these productions developed and how foreign motifs and techniques were integrated into the local traditions of geographically diverse regions. ITEM aims further to produce a comprehensive study of the social and economic mechanisms involved in the transition from trading connections to cultural exchanges. Ultimately, the project explores the link between the circulation of goods and ideas and the complex processes by which both aspects are interconnected.


Net EU contribution
€ 196 707,84
200 Avenue De La Republique
92001 Nanterre Cedex

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00