Neolithic pottery from the DAI collection: Attica
Mercourios Georgiadis Mitteleilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Athenische Mitteilungen 125 (2010) : 1- 43
The Neolithic period in Attica has attracted limited attention in the past in com¬parison to other parts of Greece. The presentation of the finds from the DAI collection allows a new assessment of the pottery types that were produced in Neolithic Attica as well as a diachronic analysis of the settlements in this region. A number of new sites are presented as well as others from which limited or no finds have been published. This article has allowed a general, but regional presentation of pottery trends through the Neolithic phases from Attica. Thus, comparisons with other neighbouring regions such as Boiotia, Euboia, the Cyclades and the Peloponnese can be made, underlining the common as well as the regional peculiarities. Furthermore, the diachronic analysis of the settlement patterns from the EN to the FN phase reveals different preferences and choices according to the changing socio-economic conditions of each period. Similar patterns and divergences can be seen in other regions, like the Peloponnese, Central Greece, Thessaly and the Aegean islands, where analogous studies or systematic surveys have been conducted. Finally, an overall picture of Neolithic Attica is provided in an attempt to understand how this region developed through time.