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Due to the coronavirus, all conferences and lectures have now been canceled, libraries remain closed and we are all urged not to move. In these very difficult hours we all live, Aegeus will try to offer you access to many interesting archaeological news, activities and publications from the comfort of your own home.

Over the next days we will increase our digital benefits to our members as a compensation for the restrictive measures. Thus, we will regularly post on the website of Aegeus new books, articles and book reviews, as well as older videotaped lectures.

BOOKS & NEWS

BOOKS |

Death in Mycenaean Laconia. A Silent Place

Death in Mycenaean Laconia. A Silent Place

A Silent Place: Death in Mycenaean Lakonia is the first book-length systematic study of the Late Bronze Age (LBA) burial tradition in south-eastern Peloponnese, Greece, and the first to comprehensively present and discuss all Mycenaean tombs and funerary contexts excavated and/or simply reported in the region from the 19th century to present day.

BOOKS |

Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece. Proceedings of the International Conference, Rethymno 29-30 May, 2015

Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece. Proceedings of the International Conference, Rethymno 29-30 May, 2015

The last three decades have witnessed a period of growing archaeological activity in Greece that have enhanced our awareness of the diversity and variability of ancient communities. New sites offer rich datasets from many aspects of material culture that challenge traditional perceptions and suggest complex interpretations of the past.

BOOKS |

Boeotia Project, Volume II: The City of Thespiai. Survey at a Complex Urban Site

Boeotia Project, Volume II: The City of Thespiai. Survey at a Complex Urban Site

Few major Classical cities have disappeared so completely from view, over the centuries, as Thespiai in Central Greece. Only the technique of intensive field survey, carefully adapted to a large urban site and reinforced by historical investigation, has made it possible to recover from oblivion much of its life of seven millennia.

BOOKS |

Social Dimensions of Food in the Prehistoric Balkans

Social Dimensions of Food in the Prehistoric Balkans

Ever since the definition of the Neolithic Revolution by Vere Gordon Childe, archaeologists have been aware of the crucial importance of food for the understanding of prehistoric developments. Numerous studies have classified and described cooking ware, hearths and ovens, have studied food residues and more recently also stable isotopes in skeletal material.

BOOKS |

Akrotiri, Thera. The Architecture of the West House

Akrotiri, Thera. The Architecture of the West House

The excavations conducted at the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri on Thera, under the aegis of the Archaeological Society at Athens, have been exceptionally generous in finds. The great eruption of the island’s volcano in the mid-2nd millennium BC sealed the remains of the vibrant city, with its lavishly decorated multi-story houses and their sophisticated household equipment, in a thick layer of ash

BOOKS |

Seafaring and Seafarers in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean

Seafaring and Seafarers in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean

Seafaring is a mode of travel, a way to traverse maritime space that enables not only the transport of goods and materials but also of people and ideas — communicating and sharing knowledge across the sea and between different lands.

NEWS |

In memory of Hugh Sackett, Groton’s longest-serving Faculty Member

Groton School is mourning the loss of its longest-serving faculty member—a teacher and scholar who influenced the lives of generations of students. Leyland Hugh Sackett, who spent sixty-three years at Groton and taught until just a few years ago, passed away after a long illness on April 12, 2020, at age 91.

BOOKS |

Country in the City. Agricultural Functions in Protohistoric Urban Settlements (Aegean and Western Mediterranean)

Country in the City. Agricultural Functions in Protohistoric Urban Settlements (Aegean and Western Mediterranean)

The existence of an opposition between rural and urban spaces is an important question for our societies, and one that has been posed since the radical transformations of the 20th century and the so-called ‘end of the peasants’. In this context it becomes also a question for archaeologists and historians.

THE WORK OF AEGEUS

AEGEAN BOOK REVIEWS |

Review of Nicoletta Momigliano & Alexandre Farnoux (eds), 2017. Cretomania. Modern Desires for the Minoan Past [BSA – Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies vol. 3], London & New York: Routledge & École française d’Athènes

This fascinating and richly illustrated book discusses the phenomenon of the modern reception of what we call the Minoan culture in various artistic media, from the moment of the great discovery of Minoan Crete in 1900, to the first decade of the 21st century. The volume explores a range of socio-cultural effects that Minoan Crete has had on contemporary arts and culture, such as architecture, design, fashion, dance, new religious movements, literature, etc., as well as the dynamics of modern responses to big archaeological discoveries and reconstructions.

WANDERINGS |

Μια κατάδυση στη ζωή του Γεωργίου Παπαθανασόπουλου (2ο μέρος)

Μια κατάδυση στη ζωή του Γεωργίου Παπαθανασόπουλου (2ο μέρος)

Στο δεύτερο και τελευταίο μέρος της συνέντευξης παρουσιάζεται η περίοδος από το 1960, όταν ο Γεώργιος Παπαθανασόπουλος έγινε Επιμελητής Αρχαιοτήτων στην Ολυμπία, μέχρι και σήμερα. Η συνέντευξη αυτή εστιάζει στις ανασκαφές του Παπαθανασόπουλου στον Διρό, στην ιδιαίτερη σχέση του με τη θάλασσα και ιδίως στην ίδρυση της Εφορείας Εναλίων Αρχαιοτήτων, στη δημιουργία του νεολιθικού μουσείου στον Διρό, καθώς και σε άλλες έρευνες.

WANDERINGS |

Μια κατάδυση στη ζωή του Γεωργίου Παπαθανασόπουλου (1ο μέρος)

Μια κατάδυση στη ζωή του Γεωργίου Παπαθανασόπουλου (1ο μέρος)

Ο Γεώργιος Παπαθανασόπουλος είναι πλέον γνωστός στον κόσμο της ελληνικής αρχαιολογίας για τη συμβολή του στην ίδρυση της ενάλιας αρχαιολογικής και σπηλαιολογικής έρευνας. Χάρις στις δικές του ενέργειες οι Εφορείες Εναλίων Αρχαιοτήτων και Σπηλαιολογίας εγγράφονται οργανικά και αναπόσπαστα στις αρμοδιότητες του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού. Στους δε προϊστορικούς αρχαιολόγους είναι επίσης γνωστός και από ένα άλλο γεγονός. Επί σειρά ετών υπήρξε συνεργάτης του αείμνηστου Carl Blegen στις ανασκαφές του ανακτόρου του Νέστορος στην Πύλο.

EXCAVATIONS & RESEARCH |

Funerary Landscapes in Mesohelladic and Early Mycenaean Central Greece: an Update

Funerary Landscapes in Mesohelladic and Early Mycenaean Central Greece: an Update

This short paper based on my lecture at Aegeus (January 27, 2017) explores the variability and change of the funerary landscapes in Central Greece during the first six centuries of the 2nd millennium BC. It updates the main conclusions of my study on the Emergence of the Mycenaean civilization in Central Greece (2011), which dealt with MH-LH IIIA1 graves uncovered in 64 sites in Boeotia, Phocis and Phthiotis, as well as in Attica and Euboea.

AEGEAN BOOK REVIEWS |

Review of Giorgos Rethemiotakis & Peter M. Warren, 2014. Knossos: A Middle Minoan III Building in Bougada Metochi [BSA Studies 23], London: British School at Athens.

This valuable and richly illustrated volume is the report of the excavations conducted by Giorgos Rethemiotakis and Eva Grammatikaki in 1993 and 1995 at the Vlachakis Plot situated in the modern village of Knossos–Bougadha Metochi in the western part of the Bronze Age site of Knossos, a hundred metres or so south of the Little Palace (preliminary report in Warren 2013).

DISSERTATIONS |

The Final Neolithic-Early Bronze Age transition in Phaistos, Crete: an investigation of continuity and change in ceramic manufacture

The Final Neolithic-Early Bronze Age transition in Phaistos, Crete:  an investigation of continuity and change in ceramic manufacture

The Final Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods in Crete are considered as times of transformation in settlement pattern, of the emergence of complex architecture and related innovative material culture, which presage the social changes of later phases. The change in ceramic repertoire has been used to argue for a technological and cultural ‘revolution’ at the beginning of the Bronze Age, perhaps even of the influx of new population.