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Mythical voyages and ancestral monuments: Tales on knowledge and leadership in prehistoric Europe


Della Casa, Philippe (2011). Mythical voyages and ancestral monuments: Tales on knowledge and leadership in prehistoric Europe. In: Borgna, E; Müller Celka, S. Ancestral Landscapes: Burial mounds in the Copper and Bronze. Lyon: Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient , 61-72.

Abstract

Journeys to the limits of the known world, and narratives on fabulous people, places and things form a common ancestral background in European, and in particular Mediterranean, mythology. Odysseus and the Argonauts are just the most famous of the actors known from epic tradition. On the other hand, alien objects found in distant places have for a long time triggered archaeological discussion about tradition, trade and cultural transformation. The paper investigates, with a focus on Late Copper Age burials in the Adriatic and the central Mediterranean, possible connections between the rise of local elites, distance voyaging, esoteric knowledge, cultural transformation, and the emergence of mythological patterns.

Journeys to the limits of the known world, and narratives on fabulous people, places and things form a common ancestral background in European, and in particular Mediterranean, mythology. Odysseus and the Argonauts are just the most famous of the actors known from epic tradition. On the other hand, alien objects found in distant places have for a long time triggered archaeological discussion about tradition, trade and cultural transformation. The paper investigates, with a focus on Late Copper Age burials in the Adriatic and the central Mediterranean, possible connections between the rise of local elites, distance voyaging, esoteric knowledge, cultural transformation, and the emergence of mythological patterns.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Archaeology
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:25 Jan 2012 10:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:29
Publisher:Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient
Additional Information:Proceedings of the International Conference Udine, 14-19 mai 2008
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-57115

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