Exploring the Biography of Gaming Stones at Aredhiou, Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age

Steel, Louise (2023) Exploring the Biography of Gaming Stones at Aredhiou, Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age. Near Eastern Archaeology. ISSN 1094-2076

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This paper explores the social lives of gaming stones, a significant number of which have been found at the Late Bronze Age farming settlement of Aredhiou Vouppes, Cyprus. The number of gaming stones found at the site is unprecedented within a Late Cypriot context. Comparatively few are found in the contemporary urban centers, and in general they appear to be more typical of the Middle Cypriot social world. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the agency of these gaming stones, and to consider them as social mediators within the community of Aredhiou. It explores the social and cognitive lives of these objects, examining how they might be transformed and re-imagined as they moved through myriad states of existence throughout their object-life, and thus the various ways in which they were entangled in the social life of the settlement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gaming stones, Cyprus, object biography, materiality, Late Bronze Age
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Louise Steel
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2023 12:22
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 13:19
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2360

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