This typed-script is the transcription of a lecture given by Pernier at Berlin, in April 1929, on the occasion of the jubilee of the DAI. The lecture was published the following year, in German, in a periodical of limited distribution, which is therefore difficult to find. It is undoubtedly a popularising work, which contains a series of otherwise unpublished information about the most recent phases of the Phaistian settlement. Attention is focused on the cisterns and water catchment system in general, with the clear intention of proposing a sort of continuum between the palatial and Hellenistic periods.
This paper re-examines the opinions so far expressed about the person and work of L. Pernier, excavator and editor of the ruins of the palace at Phaistos. His positivistic formation as a field archaeologist is emphasized, together with his objectivity and with the decisions made about the restoration of the ruins of the palace, which were opposite to the line followed by Evans at Knossos.
This paper originates in the recent resumption of the debate about the presumed falsity of the Phaistos disk, and aims at demonstrating that it is indeed authentic. The claims about the particular ‘psychological’ relationship between Pernier and Halbherr are demonstrated to be lacking in foundations, and decisive proof for the authenticity of the discovery is looked for in Pernier’s excavation daybooks. The time and circumstance of the discovery, the character of the persons involved and the preliminary remarks written by Pernier allow any hypothesis about the falsity of the disk to be categorically refuted.
Kosmas Pavlopoulos, Maria Triantaphyllou, Panagiotis Karkanas, Katerina Kouli, George Syrides, Kostantinos Vouvalidis, Nikos Palyvos, Theodora TsourouQuaternary International 216.1-2 (1 April 2010): 41-53.
Palamari Bay is located on the northeastern coast of Skyros Island (Sporades Islands, Aegean Sea). At the northern edge of the bay a fortified prehistoric settlement is found, dated between 2800 and 1700 BC (Early Bronze Age II–Middle Bronze Age I). Detailed geomorphological mapping of the coastal alluvial plain and paleontological, micropaleontological, palynological, sedimentological and micromorphological studies of the Holocene coastal deposits have been conducted in order to reconstruct the palaeoenvironment and the landscape evolution of the broader area of Palamari Bay.
E.M. Wild, W. Gauß, G. Forstenpointner, M. Lindblom, R. Smetana, P. Steier, U. Thanheiser, F. WeningerNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 268.7-8 (April 2010): 1013-1021.
Aegina Kolonna, located in the center of the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Mediterranean (Greece), is one of the major archaeological sites of the Aegean Bronze Age with a continuous stratigraphic settlement sequence from the Late Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age. Due to its position next to the maritime cross roads between central mainland Greece, the northeast Peloponnese, the Cyclades and Crete, the island played an important role in the trade between these regions.
John K. PapadopoulosHesperia 79.2 (April 2010): 233-252.
This article presents a hitherto unknown type of Early Iron Age fibula from Lofkënd in Albania, together with related examples from Kënet in northeastern Albania and Liatovouni in northwestern Greece. Dubbed the “Lofkënd type”, this group of fibulae can be securely dated to the late 10th or 9th century BC. The author discusses the evidence provided by archaeological context, as well as the date, distribution, and cultural affinities of the new type.
K. Vouvalidis, G. Syrides, K. Pavlopoulos, M. Papakonstantinou, P. TsourlosQuaternary International 216.1-2 (1 April 2010): 64-74.
Holocene palaeoenvironmental changes in the area of the prehistoric settlement of Megali Vrysi close to the village of Agia Paraskevi in Central Greece, 5 km east of Lamia City, were investigated. The area is situated in the low flat alluvial plain on the outskirts of Sperchios Valley that is bordered NNW to ENE by a rocky, hilly ridge of the Othrys Mountain foothills, 5.5 km away from the present coastline.
M.V. Triantaphyllou, K. Kouli, T. Tsourou, O. Koukousioura, K. Pavlopoulos, M.D. DermitzakisQuaternary International 216.1-2 (1 April 2010): 14-22.
The coastal area of the Vravron Bay, in the vicinity of the homonym archaeological site, is a marshy plain located on the eastern part of the Attica Peninsula (eastern Greece). In order to provide evidence for palaeoenvironmental changes and landscape evolution of the area, detailed micropaleontological, palynological and sedimentological analyses have been conducted at the underlying Late Holocene coastal deposits. The recovered sediments (lithostratigraphic Units A–D) represent a continuous record of the environmental history of the area since the Early Bronze Age, covering all subsequent historical periods.
Jonathan E. Tomlinson, Jeremy B. Rutter & Sandra M. A. HoffmannHesperia 79.2 (April 2010): 191-231.
The results of a small-scale program of neutron activation analysis of 69 ceramic fragments from the Minoan harbor town of Kommos are presented and critically evaluated. Prior to analysis, the vessels represented in the sample were thought to be imports from outside of Crete, manufactured either on Cyprus or in the Mycenaean cultural sphere.
Thomas F. Strasser, Eleni Panagopoulou, Curtis N. Runnels, Priscilla M. Murray, Nicholas Thompson, Panayiotis Karkanas, Floyd W. McCoy & Karl W. WegmannHesperia 79.2 (April 2010): 145-190.
A survey in 2008 and 2009 on the southwestern coast of Crete in the region of Plakias documented 28 preceramic lithic sites. Sites were identified with artifacts of Mesolithic type similar to assemblages from the Greek mainland and islands, and some had evidence of Lower Palaeolithic occupation dated by geological context to at least 130,000 years ago.
William A. Parkinson & John F. CherryHesperia 79.1 (January 2010): 1-51.
The authors document and discuss the chipped stone assemblage collected by the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project in Messenia, Greece, during three seasons of surface investigations conducted between 1992 and 1994. The article begins with a brief description of the basic characteristics of the PRAP chipped stone assemblage. This section is followed by a discussion of the diachronic social processes that can be inferred from the patterns in the assemblage, from the Middle Palaeolithic through historical periods.
Christophe Gaston, Thibaut Gomrée & Maia PomadèreAARGnews. The newsletter of the Aerial Archaeology Research Group 40 (March 2010): 17-24.
The archaeological site of Malia is located on the north shore of Crete, about 30 km east of the island’s modern capital, Heraklion. During the Bronze Age, also known as the Minoan era (about 3000-1400 B.C.), the area progressively developed to become one of the principal palatial centers of the island. The site has been excavated since 1915, revealing a Minoan palace and a surrounding city.
Georgina MuskettChildhood in the Past: An International Journal 1.1 (January 2009): 38-48.
This paper considers whether there is any evidence of rites of passage, the ceremonies commemorating significant stages in the life of a child, which can be identified in Mycenaean Greece. The conclusion is drawn that, despite a comparative scarcity of evidence from the Mycenaean period, there were events in a Mycenaean child’s life which can plausibly be compared with landmarks in the life of Athenian children in the Classical period.
Julie HrubyAmerican Journal of Archaeology 114.2 (April 2010): 195-216.
The pantries (Rooms 18–22) of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos provide an ideal opportunity to study the ways in which the Mycenaeans themselves classified their pottery. This is because the material is extensive, varied, well preserved, largely contemporaneous, and was shelved by type.
Jacques Vanschoonwinkel Res Antiquae 6 (2009): 305-322.
The representations of monkeys are numerous in the Minoan and Theran art although the monkey is not an animal native of the Aegean. Introduced from Egypt, probably via the Levant, first as iconographic motif, afterwards as real animals, the monkey became a pet and even found a place in the Minoan and Cycladic religion.