Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


Obsidian consumption in the Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene Aegean: con-textualising new data from Mesolithic Crete

Annual of the British School at Athens 111 (2016): 13-34

This paper details the characterisation of four obsidian artefacts from the Mesolithic site of Livari Skiadi, one of only a handful of such pre-Neolithic sites on Crete. Elemental analysis using EDXRF sources the raw materials to Sta Nychia on Melos; in concert with other data, it can be suggested that this was the preferred Melian source for Late Pleistocene – Early Holocene populations.

Central ceiling and roof supports in Early Minoan II architecture

Annual of the British School at Athens111 (2016): 51-69

This article focuses on some central supporting walls one can see in certain buildings at Early Minoan Hagia Triadha, Fournou Korifi (Myrtos) and Vasiliki. The walls, which have Π-, C-, and L- shapes, have been viewed as central ceiling/roof supports.

Truth lies in details: identifying an apiary in the miniature wall painting from Akrotiri, Thera

Annual of the British School at Athens 111 (2016): 95-120

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One of a number of enigmatic depictions in the Aegean iconography of the second millennium bce is the structure painted on the south wall of the Miniature Frieze from the West House at Akrotiri, Thera. This structure covers the slope of a hill and consists of two vertical blue bands on its western edge and four horizontal blue bands, all with features indicating masonry construction.

The Lord of the Gold Rings: the Griffin Warrior of Pylos

Hesperia 85.4 (2016): 627-655

In May 2015, a University of Cincinnati team unexpectedly discovered a large stone-built tomb of Late Helladic IIA date near Tholos Tomb IV on the first day of renewed excavations at the Palace of Nestor, Pylos.

Final Neolithic Crete and the southeast Aegean: supplement 1

Aegean Archaeology 11 (2011-2012) [2015]: 7-34

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This work is the first in a series of articles intended as supplements to the book entitled “Final Neolithic Crete and the Southeast Aegean”, published in 2014. Although the book was released only a year ago, it represents the state of research of early 2013, and in the meantime some new data have come to light which are relevant to the analysis of the transition between the Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age in the south Aegean.

Re-entering Tholos B at Koumasa: the double entrance reconsidered

Aegean Archaeology 11 (2011-2012) [2015]: 61-71

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More than 100 years after the first excavation by Stephanos Xanthoudides, the resumption of the archaeological fieldwork at Koumasa created the rare opportunity to re-study one of the most important tholos cemeteries in the Mesara. The brilliant publication of the site, by Xanthoudides in 1924, remains until today one of the primary sources on Minoan tholoi.

Attribution studies of golden signet rings: new efforts in tracing Aegean goldsmiths and their workshops

Aegean Archaeology 11 (2011-2012) [2015]: 73-88

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The task of attributing seals to different hands or workshops is still a desideratum in Aegean studies, for the identification of Aegean seal-engravers and goldsmiths and their stylistic output could dramatically change our knowledge of the use, circulation and social impact of certain seals or seal groups and refine our methods of dating this (often only roughly datable) medium.

Let’s start from (a) scratch: new ways of looking at vessels’ function

Archeologia LXI (2010) [2012]: 7-14

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The article discusses various types of use-wear that can be observed on Mycenaean tableware. It is demonstrated that careful analysis and interpretation of such traces can provide new insights into the vessels' function. Material presented here derives from two sites. Lefkandi and Tsoungiza, and provides evidence for at least three types of abrasion on vessels’ surfaces.

Fish and the Mediterranean: the nourishing sea

Ancient West and East 10 (2011): 1-9

Historians of the Mediterranean economy have generally been dismissive of the role of the fish trade both as an important source of vital food and as a financial benefit to communities which dealt on any scale with fishing, fish-farming and fish preservation for food.