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date: 09 July 2020

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Western Anatolia is often overlooked in discussions of the Bronze Age Aegean, despite its physical proximity to the region. This is partly due to a lack of identified sites and perhaps also to a tendency among scholars to retroject the modern Greek-Turkish political border onto past societies. The excavation of some key coastal, multiperiod sites is also hampered by the overburden of later deposits. This article highlights and critiques those core themes that scholars most frequently revisit. These include the date and nature of the earliest contact between the cultures of the Aegean and those of western Anatolia, the Minoan “colonization” of Miletus, Mycenaean pottery and materials in the region, and questions of the historical-archaeological interface.

Keywords: Western Anatolia, excavation, cultures, Aegean, Minoan colonization, Miletus, Mycenaean pottery

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