Research report providing a petrographic and chemical analysis of a large sample of Mycenean potsherds from Pylos. The author saw a unique potential for a small bounded, relatively well studied state as Pylos to give information in a comparative framework on the organisation and origin of early state systems. Investigation of pottery industry provided a means to avoid an overreliance on historical data in order to augment and sharpen our complex largely text-based theoretical models.
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Michael L. Galaty is Professor of Anthropology at Mississippi State University, where he is Head of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, and Interim Director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology. He conducts field research in Albania and Greece, with a focus on the origins of complexity.
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