Jewellery is one of the oldest forms of body adornment; recently found 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells are thought to be the oldest known jewellery. High-quality jewellery was made with gemstones and precious metals, such as silver or gold. During the antiquity, gold was the most often chosen metal. Factors affecting the selection of materials include cultural differences and the availability of the materials. Jewellery is meant to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings and therefore the types of jewellery are numerous.
My principal aim has been and is to use archaeology to gain a better understanding of Greek society in the archaic period. My principal goal however has always been to contribute to an ‘interdisciplinary’ debate, which : concerns the relationship between Archaeology and History of the ancient world in general and Greece in particular. I would like to study the world of women in the archaic society, by research on women’s ornaments and jewellery. Therefore the objective of my PhD research is to investigate the importance of jewellery for women during the Archaic Period at Cyclades region. In general, historians and archeologists who studied ancient women jewellery combined the aspects of technology and production, style, and iconography in order to gain a whole historical sight of the role of jewellery in the ancient world. However very few of them explain symbolism of these jewels to not in any considerable degree.
The methodology will be based on books and articles and collections. The primary data sources will be books from museum collections, archeological contexts already published in English and Turkish literature, articles examining the Cyclades region during the Archaic Period, personal survey on jewellery collections in Greek Museum, gathering information from the historical perspective. Most importantly, gathering list of museums in related region (Cyclades-Crete-Asia Minor), visiting museums and specifying the topic that I will study on. Visiting and contacting other museums in other regions, investigate, examine and search jewelries that is specified subject on my doctoral thesis. A possible approach will be that of emphasising the subject in respect with the precise region and time period. To sum up, jewellery becomes timeless and a target for constant development and refinement. By all means, the logic that women-used jewellery is discussed on this paper will not include and give the result only as “ to express” themselves or “ to show” their status. Any how this idea gives the right impression, for a fact there must be other causes to put jewellery by ancient women.