Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


27 October 2015

A note on domestic vs communal grain storage in the Early Helladic period

Monica Nilsson Opuscula 7 (2014), 223-239


This paper sets out to propose an alternative model of economic management at settlements of Early Helladic I-II date, where evidence of socioeconomic hierarchies is not prominent in the archaeological material. It is suggested here that the remains of certain original structures within the boundaries of settlements were once granaries which served the whole community. If this reading of the material is accepted, then communal storage seems to have supplemented domestic storage that constituted the sole method of grain keeping at a number of settlements during the initial stages of the EH period. The practice was then abandoned and, with one exception, after the EH II-III break there is instead a strong case for domestic storage only. A potential EH I-II communal management of basic food supplies thus carries wider implications for the interpretation of the general management of settlements.



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