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The plentiful circulation of many kinds of materials across the southern Aegean is one of the hallmarks of Minoanisation that all scholars can agree upon. However, what this circulation means in terms of the mobility of people is still very much debated. Are we to think that entire groups of people migrated from Crete to set up colonies across the wider region? Or should we instead imagine just enough circulation and contact for different groups to exchange goods and imitate certain objects and practices? Here we seek to contribute to this debate by assessing two technologies that appear to have been developed on Crete and then transferred in some way across the southern Aegean: fresco wall painting, and aspects of pottery production techniques, such as wheel-fashioning. Such technological practices require extended periods of learning, and perhaps even apprenticeships. We consider what the acquisition of such technologies – surely implying extended exposure to skilled artisans – suggests for the social mobilities underwriting Minoanisation.
The Mediterranean is made up of continental littoral and large islands; archipelagos are restricted to the Balearics, the northeast Adriatic and the Aegean. The ancient Greek geographical term 'peraia' describes the territory beyond the limits of a certain area, usually separated by water. First, this chapter discusses the status of the Cyclades as an archipelago in relation to its nearby continental littorals of the Greek and Anatolian mainlands, and the miniature continent of Crete. Second, it presents a diachronic approach that seeks to chart the changing patterns of connectivity between the Cyclades and these areas throughout the course of the Bronze Age. In the late Early Bronze Age (EBA), the seascapes and islandscapes at the heart of the archipelago see influence from the Anatolian mainland. Finally, the chapter discusses anatolianisation, mycenaeanisation and minoanisation, and the Cyclades in the Dark Ages and the Early Iron Age.