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A Study of the Remains of Mycenaean Roads and Stations of Bronze-age Greece

Mellen Studies in Archaeology S. v. 1

By (author) Anton G. Jansen
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 2001
Dimensions: w 159mm h 235mm d 15mm
Weight: 476g
ISBN-10: 0773473734
ISBN-13: 9780773473737
Barcode No: 9780773473737
This study examines the physical evidence of Mycenaean roads in different regions of Greece, the system of highways in the vicinity of the citadel of Mycenaea and the small blockhouses near the highways, in addition to evidence for the types of vehicles in use in Mycenaean times. The assumption has been that Mycenaean states used these highways to aid in their defence and facilitate long-range communications. There is, in fact, this book argues, no evidence to suggest that the highways were associated with military forts. It is likely, instead, that in the Late Bronze Age, buildings near the roads were farms or dwellings, and that much of the traffic consisted of farm animals and vehicles. The physical evidence shows that Bronze Age highways were more important in helping to bind regions together than in promoting long-distance overland communications.

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