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date: 24 May 2018

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This articleexamines archaeological evidence on the history of Cyprus during the Middle Bronze Age. During this period, Cyprus was transformed from a relatively isolated island with numerous small independent villages to one with increasing foreign connections and the initial development of larger centres. However, there was no centralised organization,nor a formal social, political, or economic hierarchy of sites, and there is also no evidence of any formal symbolic system used to signify ownership or status. The article suggests that although archaeological distinctions can be made within continuously evolving ceramic and other traditions, the formally designated conventional periods within the Cypriot Bronze Age cannot be considered as a major period of change.

Keywords: Cyprus, Bronze Age, independent villages, foreign connections, hierarchy of sites, ceramic traditions

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