Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


23 February 2012

Η ανασκαφή μιας ανασκαφής: Ο Νεολιθικός Κατσαμπάς μισόν αιώνα μετά την αποκάλυψή του (The excavation of an excavation: Neolithic Katsambas half a century since its discovery)

Νένα Γαλανίδου Anaskamma 5 (2011): 33-52.


This paper addresses the potential contribution of archaeological sites and finds from old excavations to the modern archaeological discourse and to improving modern urban life.  The discussion is centred around Neolithic Katsambas, a Neolithic hamlet and its adjacent burial rockshelter, excavated by Stylianos Alexiou in the first half of the 1950’s. The site is situated on the banks of the River Kairatos, 4km north of Knossos and within the same river valley. Unlike Knossos, however, Katsambas does not lie within an archaeological zone, but in a heavily and rapidly urbanized one. In recent years, an interdisciplinary research team has studied the archaeological material along with the palaeogeography of the site catchment area in order to prepare its final publication. Beyond presenting the main results of this work, the paper initiates a discussion of the potential role archaeological sites and monuments scattered within Cretan cities can play in order to give open spaces back to their citizens and mediate between prehistory and the public. Last but not least, it underlines the pioneering research of S. Alexiou.

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