Symbolism and Globalism in Bronze Age Art

Summer 2020

Amaris Blasgen Morningstar : Anthropology

Donor: Leadership Fund
Mentor: Lisa Maher

The world we live in today is shaped by globalism. There is more exchange of ideas, artwork, and technology than ever before. We travel, inspire each other and use symbolism to transcend language and cultural barriers. However, is this really a new phenomena? Archaeological research constantly uncovers more evidence that humanity has been doing this for millennia. The Eastern Mediterranean Basin had an extensive network for the movement of goods, people and ideas between the civilizations of the Near East since before the Bronze Age. My research investigates the affect of this rudimentary ‘globalism’ on people, as expressed through art and symbolism left in the material record of the Early Bronze Age in Cyprus. Cyprus was a center of trade, and I predict that I will find evidence of differentiation between private and publicly used items which are reflective of a multicultural worldview. I will look for hints of individual decision making and development of motifs. I believe combining scientific investigation with the viewpoint of an artist can reveal different perspectives about Bronze Age Mediterranean artists, and the interconnected world in which they lived.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude for being chosen as a SURF Fellow. It is a dream come true to be able to devote time to researching something I am so passionate about, and would like to spend my life contributing to the knowledge of this field. Thank you for believing in me and giving me the means to pursue my dreams, set myself up for my career in Archaeology, and contribute something to the discipline.