Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


1 January 2019

Κατανάλωση και χρήση ζωικών αγαθών στη Ρόδο της 2ης χιλιετίας π.Χ.

Katerina Trantalidou In P. Triantafyllidis (ed.), 2017. Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στα Νησιά του Αιγαίου. Διεθνές Επιστημονικό Συνέδριο, Ρόδος, 27 Νοεμβρίου-1 Δεκεμβρίου 2013, vol. C, Mytilene: 365-394


One of the largest Late Bronze Aegean centres was edified at the alluvial plain which stands between the Philerimos hill and the sea on the NW coast of Rhodes. The town was constructed on a fertile area (natural resources favoured both agriculture and husbandry) and on the commercial road from Anatolia, Cyprus or Crete to the smaller islands and continental Greece. Towards the middle of the second millennium, and precisely during the LB IA period, the town covered an area more than 17,52 hectares. The specific geological, geomorphologic and geotechnical conditions in Rhodes (floods, soil movements, landslides, tsunamis, coastline change, high seismic activity due to active faults) drawn by scientists and the observations of similar phenomena, made during excavations in the area of Ialysia, explain, to a significant extent, the factors that forced the people to flee their homes. In order to understand the fluctuation of the animal production and the standard of the inhabitants living du-ring the 400 years life span of that town (comprising the LM IA to the LH IIIA cultural phases), 9,076 skeletal (Tab. 1-24) and 82 shell remains (Tab. 25) were examined. They were issued from two rescue excavations on the right and left bank of the biggest torrent of the “Ialysia Trianta” area (the Liamis, Fig. 1, and Markou plots), on the SE sector of the town.


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