Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


1 April 2019

L’environnement thasien depuis le Neolithique: l’appart de recherches géoarchéologiques récentes

Laurent Lespez In D. Mulliez & Z. Bonias (eds) 2017. Thasos. Métropole et colonies. Actes du symposium international à la mémoire de Marina Sgourou, Thasos, 21-22 septembre 2006 [Recherches Franco-Helléniques V], Athens: 11-24.


The Thasian Environment from the Neolithic Period onwards: The Contribution of Recent Geoarchaeological Research For the last five years, new paleoenvironmental and geoarchaeological investigations have been conducted on Thasos. These investigations are now producing their first results. In recent millennia, the Thasian coastlines have been characterized by a high degree of movement. The latter can be explained at least as much by rises insea level as by continental dynamics, which have given rise to large deltas and coastal plains. The investigationsattest to the construction, for the most part recent, of a number of coastal plains. Study of coastal plains and theriver basins underscores the crucial role of the first millennium BC which, under the growing influence of thedevelopment and planning of the island during the Thracian, Archaic, and Classical periods, created a thresholdeffect in the transformation of the environment and the landscape. Finally, this study reveals the considerablediversity of environmental responses to societal interventions, as well as the difficulty of defining, at least before antiquity, a model of the development of the environment and the landscape that would apply to the entirety of the island’s space.


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