DAEDALOS. Conceptualising Processes of Monumental Architectural Creation in the Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age aims to challenge the predominant metanarrative that uniformly sees monuments as an attribute of centralised, hierarchical political economies and top-down power structures. This view exerts a strong influence on our understanding of the organisation of Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean societies, but is hierarchical power a necessary prerequisite to monumental building projects?

To answer this question, DAEDALOS relies on a new conceptual approach and methodological framework that makes it possible to address the formal and configurational features of monumental edifices, and to determine the building management strategies used to coordinate the construction projects.

DAEDALOS is generously funded by a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC COG Project 101043552).

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