Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


Food and ornaments: Diachronic changes in the exploitation of littoral resources at Franchthi Cave (Argolid, Greece) during the Upper Palaeolithic and the Mesolithic (39.000–7.000 cal BC)

Quaternary International 407 (July 2016): 45-58

The long Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sequence of Franchthi Cave is often quoted for the importance of its marine resources. The first coastal resources to be exploited, from the very beginning of the Upper Palaeolithic, were ornamental shell species. Fish was captured since at least the 13th millennium cal BC, and Franchthi is well known for the episode of intense tuna fishing in the Upper Mesolithic (8th millennium cal BC).

Climate and human–environment relationships on the edge of the Tenaghi-Philippon marsh (Northern Greece) during the Neolithization process

Quaternary International 403 (June 2016): 237-250

Palynological and sedimentological investigations carried out around the tell of Dikili Tash (Eastern Macedonia, Greece), one of the oldest Neolithic sites in Europe, improve our understanding of the evolution of the paleoenvironment from the Late Pleistocene to the Neolithic period (6500–3200 cal BC in this region).

Climate change, human population growth, or both? Upper Paleolithic subsistence shifts in southern Greece

Quaternary International 428 (2017): 17-32

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Changes in subsistence patterns during the Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic at Klissoura Cave 1 in southern Greece indicate that some shifts track local climatic changes, while others do not. Specifically, increases in ungulate species diversity correlate with wetter periods, and greater abundance of certain dry-loving small game animals (e.g., great bustard) might correspond with dry periods.

(Dis)entangled bodies or the (be)holder vs. the spectator: Detached views of Early Cycladic figures and figurines

Quaternary International 405 (June 2016): 31-41

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Third millennium B.C. anthropomorphic marble sculpture from the Aegean Cyclades, the so-called Early Cycladic figures and figurines, have fascinated art aficionados and scholars alike for over a century. This has led to a tremendous amount of aesthetic appreciation and monetary value for the aforementioned artifacts.

Micro-blade production on hyaline quartz during the Late Neolithic of northern Greece (5400–4600 cal. B.C.): Examples from Dikili Tash and Promachonas-Topolniča

Quaternary International 424 (December 2016): 212-231

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The socio-economic processes during the Late Neolithic in northern Greece have been given little attention compared to earlier phases of this period. However, several studies suggest interesting phenomena such as shifts in settlement patterns and ceramic production, possibly entailing processes of intense group interactions and increasing territorialization.

Diet and Social Divisions in Protohistoric Greece: Integrating Analyses of stable Isotopes and Mortuary Practices

Journal of Greek Archaeology 3 (2018): 95-114

The Early Iron Age (EIA, 11th – 8th century BC) in Greece is the transitional period following the end of the Mycenaean civilisation. The first half of this period is the so-called Protogeometric period (11th – 10th century BC) during which the mainland communities had to recover from the collapse of the Mycenaean palatial system, a centralised economic system of a stratified society.

Demography and burial exclusion in Mycenaean Achaia, Greece

Journal of Greek Archaeology 3 (2018): 75-93

The Late Bronze Age period in Greece, known as the Mycenaean period, has been an influential research topic in Greek archaeology since the excavations at Mycenae by Heinrich Schliemann in the late 19th century.

Grinding cereals and pulses in the Neolithic site of Kleitos: an experimental investigation of microconglomerate grinding equipment, final products and use wear

Journal of Greek Archaeology 3 (2018): 23-45

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Stone grinding tools (i.e. querns or grinding stones / millstones / metates and handstones or grinders / upper milling stones / manos) constitute an important part of the material culture recovered in prehistoric excavations.

The Acceptance of the Greek Solution for Linear B

Hesperia 87.1 (2018): 1-16

This article focuses on the acceptance of Michael Ventris's decipherment of Linear B as an early form of Greek and concentrates primarily on its initial reception in North America. It highlights the significant roles in the process played by two American scholars, Carl Blegen of the University of Cincinnati and Sterling Dow of Harvard University.

European Bronze Age Symbols in Prehistoric Greece? Reconsidering Bronze Shields and Spears from Delphi in Their Wider Context

Hesperia 87.2 (2018): 279-309

Enigmatic objects from various sites in the eastern Mediterranean are modeled after shields that have a V-notch symbol, which are found widely across Europe. While the pieces from Greece are conventionally dated to the 8th to 7th century B.C., a recent reanalysis of one such shield from Delphi indicates that it was manufactured in the final centuries of the Bronze Age.

A Cist Tomb on the South Bank of the Eridanos in the Athenian Agora and the Middle Bronze Age in Athens

Hesperia 87.2 (2018): 215-277

This article reexamines an early tomb beneath the south annex of the Stoa Basileios in the Athenian Agora and argues that it is Middle Helladic in date, rather than Submycenaean as suggested in a preliminary report. An associated deposit of Middle Helladic pottery is presented, with a detailed treatment of fabrics and shapes.