Αιγεύς Εταιρεία Αιγαιακής Προϊστορίας

ΑΡΘΡΑ | 2019

Post-collapse: The re-emergence of polity in Iron Age Boğazköy, central Anatolia

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28.3 (August 2009): 275–300.

How communities reorganize after collapse is drawing increasing attention across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Iron Age Boğazköy provides an archaeological case study of urban and political regeneration after the widespread collapse of eastern Mediterranean Late Bronze Age empires in the early twelfth century BC.

Domesticity by default. Ritual, Ritualization and cave-use in the Neolithic Aegean

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28.2 (May 2009): 125–153.

Neolithic caves in the Aegean are conventionally understood in domestic terms, principally as temporary homes for farmers or pastoralists. This paper challenges the theoretical and empirical foundations of this orthodoxy and develops an alternative model grounded in an understanding of Neolithic ritual and how through ritualization the everyday is referenced and transformed.

Contrasting subsistence strategies in the Early Iron Age? – New results from the Alföld plain, Hungary, and the Thracian plain, Bulgaria

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28.2 (May 2009): 155-187.

What can students of the past do to establish the predominant land-use and settlement practices of populations who leave little or no artefactual discard as a testament to their lifeways? The traditional answer, especially in Eastern Europe, is to invoke often exogenous nomadic pastoralists whose dwelling in perpetuo mobile was based on yurts, minimal local ceramic production and high curation levels of wooden and metal containers.

The Minoan fallacy: Cultural diversity and mortuary behaviour on Crete at the beginning of the Bronze Age

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28.1 (February 2009): 29-57.

We are becoming increasingly aware of regional data patterning in the archaeological record of Prepalatial Crete, yet a theoretically informed and methodologically systematic study assessing the significance of such differences is still lacking. This article investigates variation through the rich mortuary record of the period and explores the significance of such diversity for our understanding of Prepalatial Crete.

Beyond ethnicity: The overlooked diversity of group identities

Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 22.1 (2009): 101-126.

This article challenges the current tendency in archaeology to assume an ethnic basis for group identity. Archaeology has rehabilitated the concept of ethnicity over the last decade, embracing a theoretically sensitive model of it as both socially constructed and socially constructing, as flexible, embodied and hybridised. The success of this model has been such that group identities are often assumed to be ethnic without investigation.

Political geography and palatial Crete

Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 23.1 (2010): 27-54.

The political geography of Crete during the period of the Bronze Age palaces has been a subject of widespread debate, not only with respect to the timing of the island’s move towards greater social and political complexity, but also with regard to the nature of the political institutions and territorial configurations that underpinned palace-centred society, as well as their longer-term stability over the course of the second millennium BC.

Location and perspective in the Theran Flotilla Fresco

Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 23.1 (2010): 3-26.

The Flotilla Fresco from Akrotiri on Thera depicts 14 sea craft, with seven large ships seemingly en route between two landmasses. There are, however, strong arguments against the idea of a long-distance voyage, and instead this study supports the concept of a nautical ceremony.

Mycenaean Dimini in context: Investigating regional variability and socioeconomic complexities in Late Bronze Age Greece

American Journal of Archaeology 114.3 (July 2010): 381-401.

Recent excavations at the Mycenaean town of Dimini in the Bay of Volos in Thessaly have led to the interpretation of this site by its excavator as the regional “palatial” administrative center. This article discusses the available archaeological evidence from all three known Mycenaean settlements in the Bay of Volos (Dimini, Kastro and Pefkakia) and considers aspects of settlement pattern, architecture, artifact distribution, burial practices, and craft specialization in those settlements.

Swords and Swordsmanship in the Aegean Bronze Age

American Journal of Archaeology 114.3 (July 2010): 403-428.

Warfare and combat are often considered to have played central roles in the characterization of elite identities and the social evolution of Aegean Bronze Age polities of Crete and the Greek mainland. Iconography and mortuary practice provide insights into how warrior identity and violence were materially celebrated.

A Return to the Dark Ages? Reply to Thornton et al. 2010

American Journal of Archaeology 114.2 (April 2010): 317-329.

A synthetic theory pointing out the central importance of metallurgy in the emergence of Bronze Age civilizations was recently published in the AJA (‘From Metallurgy to Bronze Age Civilizations: The Synthetic Theory’ [2009] 497-519). In reaction, six well-known authors (Christopher Thornton, Jonathan Golden, David Killick, Vincent Pigott, Thilo Rehren, and Benjamin Roberts) have written a rebuttal devoted mainly to defending the current localizationist paradigm challenged by the synthetic theory.

La raccolta del croco a Thera: un tipo particolare di iniziazione femminile?

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 37-69.

Gli affreschi rinvenuti nella Xesté 3 di Akrotiri e il loro possibile significato sono stati oggetto di numerosissimi ed autorevoli studi. In questa sede si intende proporre una ulteriore ipotesi, che nasce dall’analisi dell’iconografia e del contesto archeologico, con un riferimento specifico agli oggetti rinvenuti negli ambienti dell’edificio. In particolare, sarà preso considerazione il cosiddetto “settore femminile” della Xesté 3.

Handmade burnished ware e ceramica grigia tornita in Egeo nella tarda età del bronzo: una messa a punto

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 95-121.

La recente pubblicazione di significativi nuclei di ceramiche d’impasto realizzate a mano (HBW) - a volte associati a ceramiche “grigie” tornite di tipo pseudominio - provenienti da alcuni importanti centri della Grecia micenea e della Creta tardo-minoica, apre nuovi scenari e spunti di riflessione per chi si occupa delle relazioni tra Egeo e Mediterraneo centrale nella tarda età del bronzo.

Four Cypro-Minoan inscriptions from Maroni-Vournes

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 145-164.

The British School at Athens-University of Cincinnati excavations at Maroni-Vournes, on the eastern edge of the coastal plain of the Maroni river valley in south­east Cyprus, have yielded fragments of four clay vessels bearing signs that clearly belong to the Cypro-Minoan script of the Late Bronze Age.

Pottery production and consumption in Early Iron Age Crete: the case of Thronos Kephala (ancient Sybrita)

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 165-222.

Recent years have seen a marked increase in interest in the Early Iron Age of Crete, focusing on sites which flourished in the centuries of the so called Dark Ages through to the emergence of the city-states dating from the 8th century BC onwards. Excavations at Knossos, Eleutherna, Thronos Kephala, and Kavousi, and surveys at Vrokastro and elsewhere bear witness to this renewed interest.

Patterns of exchange and mobility. The case of the Grey Ware in Middle and Late Minoan Crete

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 279-314.

New finds and important contributions have recently offered a fresh overview on wheel-made grey ware on Crete and have also provided an occasion for as update on pottery imported from outside Crete. As a result the list of Grey Ware in LM III contexts has been expanded, but mentions of such a ware in previous periods have been surprisingly neglected. The aim of this article is to re-examine the evidence of the Grey Ware on Crete, from the first appearance of Grey Minyan Ware to the later distribution of Grey Ware up to the LM IIIC period.