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Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Person

Retired since Nov. 2009, I can now concentrate on research although I still teach. I created and started a mentor’s program in 2001 for the Faculties of Humanities and Theology and was coordinator until Nov. 2009. It is now an integral part of all departments. I am involved in an evaluation project for it.
My main area of research is the Aegean Bronze Age, where I have concentrated on various aspects of the material culture and the society. Among these areas are pottery, statistical analyses, metals and metallurgy (specifically tin), trade and contacts, trade routes, craft specialization and society, social dynamics and interaction, and color symbolism. I have incorporated natural science into my research, primarily in looking for ways to determine sources of tin ores, which directly affects contacts, trade, social structure, etc. Working on the Aegean BA led me automatically to Egypt and the Near East, but also to central and N. Europe, and even to the Iron Age for all these areas.

Research

About the research

The switch from stone to metal in Greece was initially mainly a change in material, but as soon as bronze production was invented problems arose as tin is not indigenous to Greece. Where did the tin used on Crete and the mainland come from? What were the mechanisms involved? How did the trade system work? Did the sources change diachronically and what were the implications? To solve this, it was necessary first to establish which tin-ore sources were used in the BA through finding a materials-analytical method to provenance-determine tin, tin ores and tin in bronzes as there are no written records. Several methods were tried, primarily trace element analysis and isotope identification. Trace elements were inconclusive, isotope analyses seemed better. We determined that (contrary to the previous belief in homogeneity)Sn isotopes varied geographically from place to place. However, we also determined that tin ores in a single site could also vary internally, which eliminates 'fingerprinting' an ore site and matching it to isotopes in tin or bronze objects. Research is ongoing--when and if this initial step is resolved, then the results can be applied to the Aegean Bronze Age to answer questions of contact and trade. This second step is contingent on an understanding of trade theory and mechanisms. Thus concomitantly an indepth study of the social structures and economic factors in the source societies and the receiver societies through time is necessary and is also ongoing.

Publications

Books (3)
Editorships (4)
Articles (2)
Book chapters (10)
Conference contributions (10)
Reviews (2)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

Board of Directors Swedish Institute in Athens
Board of Directors Lund University art association Lundensia
Faculty Coordinator, SI-Mentor program 2001-2009

2004 Lund University, the United Student Unions' Pedagogical Prize

Carole Gillis

Researcher
Classical archaeology and ancient history
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Contact information

E-mail carole.gillisklass.luse

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

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