Abstract: The Sculpture of Ancient Cyprus: East Meets West


The island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean has yielded hundreds of votive sculptures from the first millennium BCE. A study of these sculptures reveals information about religious worship in the Ancient Near East. In addition, a detailed examination of these collections can actually tell us about trade relations and travel, not only between sites on Cyprus, but between Cyprus and the Levant.  Such an examination may also reveal chronological sequences and even hints about the nature of worship in ancient Near East, including Israel.

For scholarly audiences a comparison of results of current theories in archaeology is included, namely post-processualism vs. empiricism (or cognitive processualism, as it is sometimes called). This is a hotly-debated topic in anthropological and archaeological circles these days, and it is my firm belief that some investigations are better suited to one than the other of these schools of thought.

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