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Rethinking ColonialismComparative Archaeological Approaches$
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Craig N. Cipolla and Katherine Howlett Hayes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060705

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060705.001.0001

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Cultural Colonization without Colonial Settlements

Cultural Colonization without Colonial Settlements

A Case Study in Early Iron Age Temperate Europe

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(p.76) 5 Cultural Colonization without Colonial Settlements
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Rethinking Colonialism
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Peter S. Wells

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060705.003.0005

During the Early Iron Age, communities in temperate Europe adopted material culture and performance practices such as feasting from the Greek world. This process, most evident archaeologically in wealthy burials but, as recent finds show, not restricted to elites, came about through cultural colonization, whereby Greek commercial interests “colonized” the tastes and aspirations of the Iron Age peoples of continental Europe. The purpose of this form of colonization was, like the establishment of colonial settlements in other circumstances, to acquire materials needed by growing Greek cities. Modern responses to ongoing revelations of the extent and degree of cultural colonization of Iron Age Europe can be understood in the context of European and American idealization of Greek art and architecture during the Enlightenment and the Renaissance.

Keywords:   Cultural colonization, Iron Age, Temperate Europe, Greek, Performance, Feasting, Enlightenment, Renaissance

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