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Mobile elites at Frattesina: flows of people in a Late Bronze Age ‘port of trade’ in northern Italy

Cavazzuti, Claudio; Cardarelli, Andrea; Quondam, Francesco; Salzani, Luciano; Ferrante, Marco; Nisi, Stefano; Millard, Andrew R.; Skeates, Robin

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Authors

Claudio Cavazzuti

Andrea Cardarelli

Francesco Quondam

Luciano Salzani

Marco Ferrante

Stefano Nisi



Abstract

Following a mid twelfth-century BC demographic crisis, Frattesina, in northern Italy, arose as a prominent hub linking continental Europe and the Mediterranean, as evidenced by the remarkable variety of exotic materials and commodities discovered at the site. Debate persists, however, about the extent to which migrants influenced the foundation and development of Frattesina. The authors present the results of strontium isotope analyses, which suggest significant migration to the site, particularly of elites, mostly from within a 50km radius. Among these non-indigenous people, the authors identify a ‘warrior-chief’, whom they interpret as representing a new, more hierarchical society.

Citation

Cavazzuti, C., Cardarelli, A., Quondam, F., Salzani, L., Ferrante, M., Nisi, S., …Skeates, R. (2019). Mobile elites at Frattesina: flows of people in a Late Bronze Age ‘port of trade’ in northern Italy. Antiquity, 93(369), 624-644. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.59

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 6, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 12, 2019
Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Deposit Date Dec 17, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 3, 2019
Journal Antiquity
Print ISSN 0003-598X
Electronic ISSN 1745-1744
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 93
Issue 369
Pages 624-644
DOI https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.59

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