‘The Chicken or the Egg?’ Interregional Contacts Viewed
Through a Technological Lens at Late Bronze Age Tiryns, Greec
Article first published online: 2 JUL 2013
Oxford Journal of Archaeology
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 233–256, August 2013
This paper reviews the environmental circumstances of the ostrich and its eggs, in order to provide a geographical overview of past human usage and modification of ostrich eggshells in the Aegean and, more specifically, at Tiryns, while placing this craft in its contemporary context in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean basin. This ostrich shell evidence from Tiryns is contextualized and analysed through the approach of the chaîne opératoire in order to understand the material in the framework of Tiryns’ Late Bronze Age craft activities, and within the Late Bronze Age Aegean network of contacts that brought this material to Tiryns in the first place.