Old wine in new vessels: Intercultural contact, innovation and aegean, canaanite and philistine foodways

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    Abstract

    This article explores two case studies of innovation that occurred within the context of interregional interaction: the use of Mycenaean drinking ware in the southern Levant during the 14th–13th centuries BCE and the use of Aegean cooking vessels and cooking facilities in Philistia during the 12th century. These cases demonstrate how intercultural differences function as a potent obstacle to the processes of the cultural transmission of innovations. Variability in the interaction range, trade versus migration, creates different mechanisms of social transmission. The long-term situation of intercultural close contact characteristic of migration greatly facilitates the processes of invention, intended to amplify the relative advantages, as well as the compatibility values of the product in a way that may be sufficient to overcome cultural boundaries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)168-191
    Number of pages24
    JournalTel Aviv
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology
    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Archaeology

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