Gold sharing networks in Bronze Age Crete

Marcos Martinón-Torres recently travelled to Crete with Borja Legarra Herrero – a Mediterranean archaeologist specialist, and REVERSEACTION Advisory Board member. They extended their previous research on Bronze Age goldwork. Their previous work (published in the American Journal of Archaeology – Heterogeneous Production and Enchained Consumption: Minoan Gold in a Changing World (ca. 2000 BCE) | July 2021 (125.3) | American Journal of Archaeology ( suggested that, during the Early to Middle Minoan period, gold may have been a form ‘shared luxury’, as it was imported from outside the island, manufactured by multiple non-specialists, used extensively, and then broken so that it could be deposited in multiple tombs. Marcos and Borja also presented some of their ideas at the Connected Pasts conference (Heraklion 2022 | Connected Past), which focused on Aegean networks. They proposed that network analyses could be carried out among tombs containing objects made in the same batch, and matching fragments of the same objects. Their ongoing work is extending their research to other sites and chronologies, thanks to ongoing collaborations with the Fitzwilliam Museum (The Fitzwilliam Museum), the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum), and the Sissi Archaeological Project (The Sissi Archaeological Project | Sarpedon). The REVERSEACTION network keeps expanding!