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ΑΡΘΡΑ | 2020

Luminescence dating and quartz grain surface features of aeolian sediments from Agia Napa, Cyprus

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 201-206.

The purpose of this research work is to examine the chronology of aeolianite deposits of Southeast Cyprus and provide preliminary comments on the Late Quaternary environmental change by employing up-to-date luminescence dating methods. Another aim of this study is the analysis of the microtextures that are present on quartz grains of coastal dunes from South East Cyprus to uncover their depositional history.

Reconstructing archaeo-landscapes: myth versus reality

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 195-200.

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Thanks to the diversification of scientific methods that can support archaeo-environmental studies, researchers have at their disposal an increasing amount of data that can be combined to place past human activities back into their contemporary environment. Virtual Reality, Geophysics, Geomorphology, Remote Sensing, Agent-Based Modelling and Artificial Intelligence provide new opportunities, but also new challenges, regarding the study of ancient landscapes.

A.Sho.Re 2011-2015, SE Kephallenia in the Ionian Sea: investigating the geoarchaeology of the coastal zone

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 179-185.

A preliminary interpretation of results includes the identification of human presence, hitherto unknown in the vacant seascapes of the eastern shores, ranging from the Age of Stone to the Middle Byzantine and the modem eras. The next step forward is to assess the cultural dynamics of the whole region in the context of the respective palaeo-coastal sequences. Yet, the pioneering conception of coasts as dynamic natural and cultural systems already conveys that the historical understanding of maritime stretches lies beyond the realm of the individual site or the contingent relation of site to sea.

New geoarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental studies in Mani Peninsula (S. Peloponnesus) by employing luminescence dating techniques

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 175-178.

Here, we attempt a comparison of the results achieved by both methods. The new luminescence ages estimated for littoral sediments allowed us to re-assess the eustatic, isostatic and tectonic changes during the aforementioned period of geological time. In addition, for the first time, we consider the contribution of airborne dust transferred from distant areas to the local sedimentary record with the intention of reconstructing patterns of atmospheric circulation over the Late Quaternary.

Landscape evolution in the Kifissos floodplain

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 161-166.

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he effect of the mid-Holocene sea level highstand is confirmed as a contributing factor in the formation of the Piraeus early island, as narrated by Strabo, roughly in the period between 6000 and 5000 years before present. Meandering of the Kifissos River resulted in the formation of oxbow lakes which can be traced on modem topographic maps as closed depressions. A meander of the Kifissos River is delineated which flooded ancient sites in the 5th century BC near Plato’s Academy and he indicates that the statesman of Athens Cimon “converted the Academy from a waterless and arid spot into a well-watered grove” by digging channels for watering from this meander.

Cattle in ritual practice and iconography in Bronze Age Cyprus

Journal of Greek Archaeology 2 (2017): 53-80

Images of cattle, either as whole animals or as bucrania, appear repeatedly on artefacts that played an active role in social strategies and, through repetition and refinement, served over time as a framework for the formation and reproduction of social and ritual institutions.

Preserving memory in Minoan Crete. Filled-in bench and platform deposits from the First Palace of Phaistos

Journal of Greek Archaeology 2 (2017): 33-52

This paper focuses on some unusual and not well-known structured deposits from this building, that largely consist of complete or fragmentary vases as well as occasionally other objects that are placed in a ‘structured’ way, with which I mean that they have either been positioned vertically and/ or horizontally, and sometimes comprise stacked cups, before being sealed. They are here called ‘filled-in bench and platform deposits’. They differ from other cases identified at Minoan sites, such as Knossos, Malia, Thronos/Kephala and Nopeigia-Drapanias, but also from practices attested in Bronze and Iron Age sites in Northern and Eastern Europe (e.g. Britain and Bulgaria).

New insights into the Upper Pleistocene archaeology of Northwestern Greece: The evidence from three open-air sites and its implication for Middle and Upper Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers’ activity and behaviour in Southeastern Europe

Journal of Greek Archaeology 2 (2017): 1-32

Following a brief review of the basic points and conclusions concerning archaeological research on the Upper Pleistocene in Northwestern Greece, our methods and research questions are presented. The overview of the empirical data is followed by a discussion of how these are integrated into the Palaeolithic narrative of the region and the wider context of Southeastern Europe.

Mykenische Keramik in der Rhodopenregion. Herkunft, regionaler Kontext und sozialökonomische Grundlagen

Archaeologia Austriaca 101 (2017): 269-302

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The production regions of that pottery could be established by means of Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA), and we compare the earlier results of Dragoyna with the new ones from Koprivlen. These results give us the opportunity to re-evaluate the development of contacts between the eastern Balkans, the northern Aegean and Mycenaean Greece.

The Late Helladic IIB to IIIA2 pottery sequence from the Mycenaean palace at Ayios Vasileios, Laconia

Archaeologia Austriaca 101 (2017): 73-142

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One of the main tasks has been the detailed analysis of well stratified material, which will clarify the development of the local pottery styles including evidence for continuity or discontinuity in the commonest pottery types and fabrics from the site. Based on the preliminary results from this study the developments and changes in the pottery tradition have been compared to those known from other centres in Laconia and beyond.

Late Helladic and later reuse phases of Kastrouli settlement (Greece): Preliminary dating results

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 16.3 (2016): 245-250

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An initial archaeological reconnaissance of the partially looted site has produced some indication of use during late Helladic and later periods. Our four ages by luminescence and C-14 have shown that this site was used initially in Late Helladic period, and reused during the Middle Geometric, the Early Archaic and the Classical periods.

Lithic Industries of the Aegean Upper Mesolithic

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 16.3 (2016): 229-243

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Recent research at Areta in the northern side of Chalki Island (Dodecanese) has revealed an enormous quantity of lithics of the Mesolithic period. It is the first time that such an old settlement is located in the area of the Dodecanese, thus extending to the southeast of the Aegean the already known Mesolithic network of sites and creating a sea route from Cyclades to Dodecanese.

Identification of skeletal remains from a Mycenaean burial in Kastrouli Desfina, Greece

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 17.1 (2017): 265-269

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We identified 15 adults along with 2 subadults, an infant and a fetus. Skeletal remains of domesticated animals were also recovered from the same undisturbed context, for which the recovered archaeological artifacts suggest that the tomb was Mycenaean/Late Helladic in date.