Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


9 February 2016

On the chipped stone assemblages at Klimonas and Shillourokambos and their links with the mainland

François Briois & Jean Guilaine A.J. Ammerman & T. Davis (eds), Island Archaeology and the Origins of Seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean, Eurasian Prehistory 10 (1-2) (2013): 177-186


Research conducted on Cyprus over the last twenty years had led to renewed interest in the first populations living on the island, and it has created a new framework for thinking about this and other related questions. The survey conducted at Amathus in the years between 1988 and 1991 by the mission of the French School of Athens was highly productive and led to the recovery of a large number of Neolithic sites. The high density of sites of the age is connected with the excellent flint sources that occur in the area. In particular, two sites of major importance were discovered by the survey: Shillourokambos and Klimonas. Both of them were subsequently excavated. This chapter gives a concise review of the character of the chipped stone assemblages recovered at the two settlements, which date respectively to the periods now known as the PPNB and the PPNA on Cyprus. During both times, almost all of the chipped stone tools were made from local sources of flint and chert but there is also evidence for obsidian, which reached the island from sources in Anatolia. What is still lacking on the island at the present time is the phase of transition between these two period.



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