Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


2 September 2014

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project: new data on the Middle Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Cyclades

Tristan Carter, Daniel Contreras, Sean Doyle, Danica D. Mihailović, Theodora Moutsiou & Nikolaos Skarpelis Antiquity 88:341 (2014), Project Gallery.

From the introduction

This article introduces new work at Stélida on the north-west coast of Naxos (Cycladic Islands, Greece), a source of chert that we demonstrate to have been used extensively in the Middle Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods.

Despite the fact that hitherto the earliest direct evidence for activity in the Cyclades was the fifth millennium BC (Late Neolithic), an earlier prehistoric date was tentatively suggested when the site at Stélida was discovered in 1981. The site remained a chronological enigma until recent rescue excavations led to claims of Middle–Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic activity. In 2013 we initiated the Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project (SNAP), a two-year survey dedicated to characterising geoarchaeologically the chert source and associated knapping areas.

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