Social dynamics and cultural interaction in southern Italy at the dawn of the Classical world:
The Mediterranean during the transition from the Early Iron Age to the Archaic period (9th-7th centuries B.C.) experienced sweeping socioeconomic and territorial changes, with the Greek colonisation traditionally considered a potent agent of change. This project investigates how the organisation of indigenous communities shaped the Greek colonisation over this formative period. It involves a comprehensive re-evaluation of the archaeological evidence of the Taranto Gulf, southern Italy, with an emphasis on funerary data from the indigenous cemeteries of Santa Maria d'Anglona and Incoronata.