Laura Burkhardt (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA)), "Ada Tepe – a gold mine for the Mycenaeans? Cultural interrelations between the Balkans and Greece in the 2nd mill. BC"
The discovery of a gold mine in the Southern Rhodopes (excavated by H. Popov, Bulgarian Academy
of Science NIAM-BAS) opens new perspectives on the Late Bronze Age relationships between
Mediterranean civilizations and their periphery. These contact and interaction networks can be
reassessed from the perspective of gold, an engine of economic relations. This is pursued within the
project „Bronze Age Gold Road of the Balkans – Ada Tepe mining“ (led by B. Horejs, Austrian Academy
of Science OREA Institute, founded by the FWF, project no. P28451) using various available data. The
interregional connectivity and disconnectivity of objects, for example pottery, representing various
spheres of life with different social implications sheds new light on the complexity of the Late Bronze
Age contact networks between the Balkans and Greece.