The transmission of silver and silver extraction technology across the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians in the 8th and 7th Centuries B.C.E. – A precursor for the Classical Age
I am interested in how the city states of the Classical World came about, in particular the role that the Phoenicians played in the process. Indicators may include how new metallurgical technology moved from East to West across the Mediterranean in the 8th and 7th centuries B.C.E. and how precious metals (e.g. silver) moved from West to East to supply the Phoenician homeland. A project in this area therefore not only requires a knowledge of the contexts where the Phoenicians traded and transferred their technological know-how, and the analytical techniques required to investigate archaeological signatures in the metals and slags, but also an ability to deal with the large amounts of data that a pan-Mediterranean study will generate.