Cyprian Broodbank— 2003 James R. Wiseman Book Award

Award Citation:

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to give the 2003 James R. Wiseman Book Award to Cyprian Broodbank for An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge/New York, 2001).

Broodbank’s analysis of the human presence and activities in the prehistoric Cycladic Islands combines archaeological, environmental, and geographic data in innovative and often unexpected ways.   Starting with the landings of the earliest seafarers, An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades takes the lacunose archaeological and environmental data and poses new questions to explain how these islands interacted among themselves, and eventually integrated into the network of the wider Aegean world.

The book is informed, but not straitjacketed, by theories and models of island archaeology developed in other archipelagoes, and its well-structured archaeological analyses seamlessly blend into the larger cultural historical and theoretical picture.

Most importantly, Broodbank has sailed these shores, looked out over these hills, and discerned the sight-lines that are so important for the development of Cycladic contacts.  He has a real sense of place, and is able to bring that immediacy to his lucidly presented analyses, allowing his readers a truly new perspective. 

An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades will determine the direction of research in the Aegean islands for years to come.

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