Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol), “Bridging cultures in the past and present”
Abstract: Anatolia and Etruria have been separated by scholarship as much as the Mediterranean itself; although neither sits within the centre of Near Eastern or Classical Archaeology, Anatolian archaeology has been more the preserve of Near Eastern scholars, while Etruscan studies have fallen under the domain of Classical scholars. Recent theoretical developments that seek to connect communities have begun to emphasise the links between these cultural groups, and bring together their respective scholarly disciplines. This presentation outlines the evidence for Mediterranean-wide connections during the Iron Age, especially between Anatolia and Etruria. It considers historical interpretations of the nature of the connections that underpin this evidence and presents a new perspective that balances shared practices with localised differences, which increasingly characterise this period of Mediterranean history.