Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


Inferences for use of Skotino Cave during the Bronze Age and later based on a speleological and environmental study at Skotino Cave, Crete

Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) [2009]: 51-63.

Inferences for the use of Skotino Cave in the Bronze Age are based on a speleological and environmental study of the cave conducted in 2007. Level II of the cave, an area excavated by Davaras, was the focus of the inquiry.

From the ground up: Earth in Minoan construction. The case of Building 5 at Palaikastro

Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) [2009]: 65-80.

The violent destruction by fire of Building 5 at Palaikastro, Crete, provided an interesting and varied collection of well-preserved fired-earth elements. Those include fragments of mudbricks, mud coatings, roofs/ceilings, doorjambs, and other samples which bear impressions of wooden elements, probably from installations made of a combination of earth and wood.

The ownership of hard stone seals with the motif of a pair of recumbent bovines from the Late Bronze Age Greek mainland: A contextual approach

Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) [2009]: 81-93.

Hard stone seals with the motif of a pair of side-to-side recumbent bovines form one of the most recognizable groups of Late Bronze Age Aegean glyptic. In an attempt to shed some light on aspects of their ownership, this paper examines in detail the contextual associations of a small corpus of these seals from eight Late Bronze Age burials and burial assemblages of the Greek mainland.

2006–2007 Excavations of the Mycenaean cemetery at Ayia Sotira, ancient Nemea

Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) [2009]: 95-109.

During the summers of 2006 and 2007 the Canadian Institute in Greece sponsored the excavation of a Mycenaean chamber tomb cemetery at Ayia Sotira near Koutsomodi in the Nemea valley. The cemetery was discovered in 2002, when the 4th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities discovered illegal digging in an olive grove above the small church of Ayia Sotira, and immediately conducted salvage excavations of one of the chamber tombs.

Mycenae revisited part 2. Exploring the local versus non-local geographical origin of the individuals from Grave Circle A: Evidence from Strontium Isotope Ratio (87Sr/86Sr) Analysis

The Annual of the British School at Athens 104 (2009) [February 2010]: 279-291.

Strontium isotope ratio (87Sr/86Sr) analysis was applied to dental enamel samples from eleven adults from Grave Circle A at Mycenae in order to investigate their local versus non-local geographical origin. The results of this analysis suggest a relatively high intra-sample variation in 87Sr/86Sr values for the Grave Circle A Mycenaeans.

Mycenae and Tiryns: the pottery of the second half of the thirteenth century BC – contexts and definitions

The Annual of the British School at Athens 104 (2009) [February 2010]: 175-232.

Since 1950 widespread and important excavation has taken place in the Argolid. For Mycenae and Tiryns much of the post-excavation study has now been completed but has not yet reached final publication. The use of material from the preliminary reports has, however, led to conclusions which are not justified.

Mycenae revisited part 1. The human remains from Grave Circle A: Stamatakis, Schliemann and two new faces from Shaft Grave VI

The Annual of the British School at Athens 104 (2009) [February 2010]: 233-277.

Building work at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens in 2003 led to the rediscovery of the two male skeletons from Shaft Grave VI at Mycenae, found by Panayiotis Stamatakis in 1877 as he completed the excavation of Grave Circle A begun by Schliemann.

Kinship in Aegean Prehistory? Ancient DNA in human bones from mainland Greece and Crete

The Annual of the British School at Athens 104 (2009) [February 2010]: 293-309.

Attempts were made to detect ancient DNA (aDNA) in samples of 89 human skeletons from Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in Greece and Crete. Ancient DNA was absent in specimens from Nea Nicomedia, Lerna, Kato Zakro: Karaviadena, and Mycenae Grave Circle A.

Casting finger rings in Mycenaean times: Two unpublished moulds at the National Archaeological Museum, Athens

The Annual of the British School at Athens 104 (2009) [February 2010]: 311-319.

The recording of two unpublished moulds in the storeroom of the Prehistoric Collections of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens, presented here, provide the stimulus for a re-examination of the construction method of the bezeled/signet rings of Mycenaean times. The moulds, one of semi-cylindrical shape and the other rectangular, belong to a limited class of items from Crete, Mainland Greece, and Enkomi, Cyprus.

Prehistoric Laconia: A note on the location of the site of Souroukla

The Annual of the British School at Athens 104 (2009) [February 2010]: 321-324.

In 1921, Carl Blegen found Mycenaean and other ancient sherds at a site then named Souroukla, near Skala in Laconia. William Coulson and others have mistakenly assumed that Souroukla is to be identified as Ayios Stephanos, the important site surveyed by the author in 1956 and later excavated by the British School under Lord William Taylour.

Wild nature? Human–animal relations on Neopalatial Crete

Cambridge Archaeological Journal 20.1 (February 2010): 109–127.

The Neopalatial period of Middle to Late Bronze Age Crete is marked by a dramatic increase in the depiction of non-human animals. In contrast to the domesticates listed in the Linear A documents, the animals which appear on frescoes and seals are largely wild or supernatural, or in non-domestic scenes (particularly bull-leaping).

Depending on 14C data: Chronological frameworks in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic of southeastern Europe

Radiocarbon 51.2 (September 2009): 751-770.

With the introduction of the radiocarbon method in 1949 and the calibration curve constantly improving since 1965, but especially due to the development of the more accurate accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) dating some 30 yr ago, the application of the 14C method in prehistory revolutionized traditional chronological frameworks.

Nicolas Coldstream (1927-2008)

The Annual of the British School at Athens 104 (2009) [February 2010]: 1-8.

Nicolas CoNicolas Coldstream, archaeologist of Greece and the Mediterranean in the 9th and 8th centuries BC, was born in India, educated in England, and carried out the research for his first masterpiece Greek Geometric Pottery (1968) while Macmillan Student at the British School at Athens (1957-60).

A preliminary investigation of two prehistoric cave sites in southern Albania

The Annual of the British School at Athens 104 (2009) [February 2010]: 10-26.

In this article we describe the evaluation of two prehistoric sites situated within the coastal zone of south-western Albania, originally investigated by the Italian prehistorian Luigi Cardini in 1939. The first is a cave site in the town of Himara; the second a rock-shelter at Kanalit in the Acroceraunian Mountains to the north.