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Exchanging the Mycenaean Economy

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 437–445 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

This article examines the palatial and nonpalatial organization of craft production and exchange in the Late Bronze Age Argolid. The Late Bronze Age elites controlled markers of status and prestige, which were institutionalized in palatial control of the production and consumption of prestige goods.

The Palace of Nestor, Craft Production, and Mechanisms for the Transfer of Goods

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 423–427 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

Market exchange formed one aspect of a complex, mixed economy integrated into the political structures of Mycenaean Pylos. Palatial elites used a variety of strategies to obtain goods and services, and different individuals who represented a single craft often worked in different modes of production, as can be demonstrated for both the ceramic and the textile industries.

The New Political Economy of Nichoria: Using Intrasite Distributional Data to Investigate Regional Institutions

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 429–436 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

Regional authority in Mycenaean Greece should be reconstructed using excavation data from both palatial centers and hinterland communities. Economic information is the first line of inquiry into this subject because of the presence of the Linear B tablets and the tangible quality of material production in the archaeological record.

Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece. Introduction

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 413–422 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

Past models of Mycenaean political economies have overemphasized the role of redistribution, thereby discouraging research into other modes of exchange. New perspectives have effectively questioned the hypothesis that palatial control over the economy was absolute, however.

Ancient pests: the season of the Santorini Minoan volcanic eruption and a date from insect chitin

Naturwissenschaften 100:7 (July 2013): 683-689.

Attributing a season and a date to the volcanic eruption of Santorini in the Aegean has become possible by using preserved remains of the bean weevil, Bruchus rufipes, pests of pulses, from the storage jars of the West House, in the Bronze Age settlement at Akrotiri.

A New Astronomical Dating of Odysseus’ Return to Ithaca

Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 12.1 (2012): 117-128.

The annular solar eclipse, of 30 October 1207 B.C. (Julian Day-JD 1280869), calculated by NASA together with the analysis of the weather’s and the environment’s description (long nights, plants, animals and peoples’ habits) and the astronomical data (guiding constellations and Venus in the east horizon) mentioned by Homer in the epic, constitute an autumn return of Odysseus to Ithaca five days before the above characterized day.

The Trojan War Dated by Two Solar Eclipses

Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 12.1 (2012): 63-76.

The Trojan War was very significant for the ancient Greeks and they dated historical events according to the number of years after the fall of Troy. However, there was already in antiquity no consensus as to the exact date of the war when compared with different epochs. Even after the modern discovery of the ancient city, there has been disagreement among different excavators as to which layer corresponds to the city mentioned in the Iliad attributed to Homer.

A Minoan Eclipse Calculator

Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 13.1 (2013): 265-275.

A stone die of the Minoan period, discovered near Palaikastro in Crete, Greece, in 1899, was selected for this study as bearer of astronomical significance.

Metallurgical production and long-distance interaction – new evidence from LM III Phaistos

Creta Antica 12 (2011): 289-306.

This paper takes into consideration two fragmentary moulds from the LM IIIC context of the Casa a Ovest del Piazzale I at Phaistos. The identification of the matrix for a bronze win­ged-axe comparable with the well-known item from a mould of Mycenae gives the opportu­nity for having a deeper insight into the relations linking Crete to Italy in the field of metal­lurgical activities at the close of the Late Bronze Age.

La fornace da vasaio TM IB di Haghia Triada. Una riconsiderazione della tavoletta HT 31 (Tablet HT 31 and the pottery kiln from Ayia Triada)

Creta Antica 12 (2011): 273-288.

Of the many studies dedicated to tablet HT 31 the one conducted by Duhoux has cer­tainly solved the largest number of questions, with the exception of a precise identification of the types of vases represented. This paper tackles this issue with a structuralistic approach and starts from a comparison with the LM I formal repertoire which was actual­ly used at Ayia Triada.

La fornace da vasaio TM IB di Haghia Triada. Le ceramiche e il sistema di produzione, distribuzione e consumo (The LM IB ceramic kiln at Hagia Triada: the pottery and the system of production, distribution and consumption)

Creta Antica 12 (2011): 199-272.

This study provides a complete and updated edition of the pottery recovered during Levi and Laviosa's excavation of the LM IB kiln at H. Triada and, on the basis of a reasses­sment of old and new data concerning pottery production in the LM I western Mesara