Globalization and Colonization

A View from Iron Age Sicily


  • Tamar Hodos University of Bristol



globalization, Iron Age, Sicily, colonization, pottery, architecture, postcolonial studies


The seeming discrepancy between postmodern diversity and contemporary concepts of globalization reflects a misunderstanding of the nature of globalization, which should not be taken to imply that there is a uni- fied world society or culture. The process of globalization actually serves to highlight and reinforce cultural heterogeneities. It is the balance between shared sets of practices and local heterogeneities that enables the globalization model to be an extremely powerful tool in highlighting identity expressions, especially those exhibited through material culture choices in mixed cultural contexts. Using such a framework, this paper explores in particular the engagement between Sicilian populations of the seventh and sixth centuries BC and their Greek colonial neighbors, the Greek world and the Mediterranean at large, as a demonstration of how such a model might be used most effectively in interpreting cultural interactions in the past.

Author Biography

Tamar Hodos, University of Bristol

Dr Tamar Hodos specializes in the archaeology of the Mediterranean during the Iron Age. Her areas of focus have been Sicily, Italy, Turkey and North Africa, and her research encompasses themes such as post-colonial perspectives, globalization and identity. She is the author of Local Responses to Colonization in the Iron Age Mediterranean (Routledge, 2006) and co-editor (with S.Hales) of Material Culture and Social Identities in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2010). She is co-director of the Çaltılar Archaeological Project in Lycia, Turkey.



How to Cite

Hodos, T. (2010). Globalization and Colonization: A View from Iron Age Sicily. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 23(1), 81–106.