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Emma Blake (U of Arizona) "Networks, Path Dependence, and Regionalism in Pre-Roman Italy"

When did Italy’s pre-Roman regional groups emerge? While recent scholarship pushes their formation later, attributing the emergence of ethnic groups to Greek and Roman pressures, Blake traces the origins of some of these groups much earlier, as far back as the Bronze Age. She uses social network analysis to argue that, through path dependence, the structure of the Bronze Age networks played a role in the success or failure of the groups occupying those same territories in later times.
Emma Blake is an archaeologist who studies Italy in the second and first millennia BCE. Her doctoral dissertation focused on monumentality on Sardinia in the Bronze Age, but since then she has shifted her fieldwork to northwest Sicily, where she has worked for many years, first as an Assistant Director on the Monte Polizzo excavations, and since 2008 as Co-Director of the Marsala Hinterland Survey, an intensive field survey along the coast adjacent to the Phoenician colony of Motya. Her book Social Networks and Regional Identity in Bronze Age Italy has been published by Cambridge University Press (2014).



Thursday, February 19, 2015. 05:15 PM


Bldg. 110, Rm. 112


Archaeology Center, Department of Classics




Free and open to the public.
Reception at 5pm. Talk begins at 5:15pm.