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AEGEAN BOOK REVIEWS

Review of Giulia Dionisio, Anna Margherita Jasink & Judith Weingarten, 2014. Minoan Cushion Seals, Innovation in Form, Style and Use in Bronze Age Glyptic [Studia Archaeologica 196, Vicino Oriente 2], Roma: «LʼERMA» di Bretschneider.

This monograph by three authors is devoted to the study of Minoan seals of a certain shape, namely the cushion seals. In the title, cushion seals are described as expressions of innovation in form, style and use in the glyptic landscape of the Aegean Bronze Age. A preface precedes an introduction to the topic, while eight chapters constitute the main part of the treatise. The latter is followed by two concordances, two appendices, an illustrated catalogue of the material studied and references.

Review of Carl Knappett & Tim Cunningham, 2012. Palaikastro Block M. The Proto- and Neopalatial Town, London: The British School at Athens.

This book presents the results of the excavation at Block M, Palaikastro – an area that has significantly contributed to the understanding of this important East-Cretan town during the Protopalatial and the early Neopalatial period. Block M was investigated in the 1990s and in 2003, when it was referred to as Area 6; this book reintroduces the designation used by the first excavators of the site in the 1900s.

Review of Shelly Wachsmann, 2013. The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context, College Station: Texas A&M University Press.

This study focuses on the biography of the Gurob ship-cart model. It is about a wooden model of a ship-chart excavated by W. M. F. Petrie in 1920 in a 19th Dynasty tomb at Gyrob in the Fayum oasis in Middle Egypt. Exhibited at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology this unique object has never been the focal point of adequate and in-depth research.

Review of Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw & Eleni Stefanou (eds), 2012. From Archaeology to Archaeologies: the “Other” Past [BAR International Series 2409], Oxford: Archaeopress.

The so-called “fringe” or “alternative” archaeology includes numerous and complex tendencies (pseudoarchaeology, contemporary paganism, conspiracy theories, extraterrestrial life and lost civilization theories, religious fundamentalism and nationalist approaches). The common element in all of them is the deliberate disapproval of the scientific methods of investigation and, commonly, their formation outside the academic archaeological community.

Review of Thomas M. Brogan & Erik Hallager (eds), 2011. LM IB Pottery: Relative Chronology and Regional Differences. Acts of a Workshop Held at the Danish Institute at Athens in Collaboration with the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete, 27-29 June 2007, Athens: The Danish Institute at Athens.

Destructions and abandonments are key components of the archaeological record as they furnish primary deposits for relative chronologies, the tools for reconstructing life in the past, and occasionally, especially in times when the written record cannot provide help, evidence for writing “political” history. The Late Minoan IB period (hereafter, LM IB) is a prime example of a period rife with the complexities inherent in this kind of exercise.

Review of Andonis Vasilakis & Keith Branigan, 2010. Moni Odigitria. a Prepalatial Cemetery and Its Environs in the Asterousia, Southern Crete [Prehistory Monographs 30], Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press.

Για να γίνει κατανοητή η σημασία της τελικής δημοσίευσης της ανασκαφής του μινωικού νεκροταφείου στη Μονή Οδηγήτρια που παρουσιάζεται εδώ, είναι απαραίτητη μία σύντομη αναφορά στην ιστορία της έρευνας. Η ανασκαφή στην εν λόγω θέση της νότιας κεντρικής Κρήτης διεξήχθηκε από αρχαιολόγους της ΚΓ΄ Εφορείας Προϊστορικών και Κλασικων Αρχαιοτήτων κάτω από την αφόρητη πίεση των επανειλημμένων λαθρανασκαφών κατά τα έτη 1979 και 1980. Εξαιτίας αυτών, αναμοχλεύθηκαν σχεδόν εξολοκλήρου οι δύο θόλοι του νεκροταφείου.

Review of Peter Pavúk & Barbara Horejs, 2012. Mittel- und Spätbronzezeitliche Keramik Griechenlands, Sammlung Fritz Schachermeyr, edited by Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy (Faszikel III), Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

This synthetic work presented by Peter Pavúk and Barbara Horejs covers a large part of Mainland Greece and focuses on the Middle and Late Bronze Ages. The book is divided into an introduction and six chapters, followed by a summary in English.

Review of Gary Beckman, Trevor Bryce & Eric H. Cline, 2011. The Ahhiyawa texts. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.

Η έκδοση αυτή αποτελεί μια ολοκληρωμένη απόπειρα καταγραφής και σχολιασμού όλων των κειμένων –28 συνολικά– που αναφέρονται στους Ahhiyawa, τον μυστηριώδη λαό για τον οποίο γίνεται λόγος στα γραπτά των Χετταίων. Οι τρεις συγγραφείς αποτελούν ίσως τους βαθύτερους γνώστες σε θέματα που άπτονται των σχέσεων Αιγαίου και Μικράς Ασίας κατά την Ύστερη Εποχή του Χαλκού: ο Beckman στην ανάλυση κειμένων και φιλολογικών πηγών, ο Bryce στην ερμηνεία ιστορικών γεγονότων και ο Cline στη διαχείριση των αρχαιολογικών δεδομένων.

Review of Georgia Kourtessi-Philippakis & René Treuil (eds), 2011. Archéologie du territoire, de l’ Égée au Sahara. Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne.

Ο τόμος αυτός περιλαμβάνει τις εισηγήσεις ενός ερευνητικού σεμιναρίου, το οποίο πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Πανεπιστήμιο Paris 1 και ήταν αφιερωμένο στην έννοια του χώρου επικράτειας, που τα τελευταία χρόνια αποτελεί αντικείμενο σκέψης και προβληματισμού πολλών αρχαιολόγων οι οποίοι εργάζονται σε διαφορετικές χρονολογικές περιόδους.

Review of H.W. Haskell et al., 2011. Transport Stirrup Jars of the Bronze Age Aegean and East Mediterranean, Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press.

This long awaited monograph presents the results of an extended project focusing on the production and mobility of a specific ceramic container for the transport of liquids in bulk, the coarseware transport stirrup jar (henceforth TSJ), intensely used in the Late Bronze Age III Aegean (c. 14th-12th centuries bc).

Review of P.P. Betancourt (ed.), 2006. The Chrysokamino Metallurgy Workshop and its Territory [Hesperia Supplement 36], Princeton, New Jersey: American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The present monograph marks the first comprehensive publication of a systematically excavated prehistoric metal production workshop in the Aegean. Although other broadly contemporaneous slag heaps are known in this region, the site of Chrysokamino in north-eastern Crete represents a particularly interesting, in many ways distinctive, example.