Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2018

1 May 2018

Neolithic Alepotrypa Cave in the Mani, Greece. In Honour of George Papathanassopoulos

Edited by Anastasia Papathanasiou, William A. Parkinson, Daniel J. Pullen, Michael L. Galaty & Panagiotis Karkanas

Neolithic Alepotrypa Cave in the Mani, Greece. In Honour of George Papathanassopoulos

City: Oxford

Year: 2018

Publisher: Oxbow books

Description: Hardback, 435 p., numerous b/w tables, numerous b/w and colour figures and plates, 21.5×30.5 cm


Alepotrypa Cave at Diros Bay, Lakonia, Greece, is a massive karstic formation of consecutive chambers ending at a lake. The cave was excavated by G. Papathanassopoulos from 1970 to 2006. In conjunction with the surrounding area, it was used as a complementary habitation area, burial site, and place for ceremonial activity during the Neolithic c 6000 to 3200 BC.

As a sealed, single-component, archaeological site, the Neolithic settlement complex of Alepotrypa Cave is one of the richest sites in Greece and Europe in terms of number of artifacts, preservation of biological materials, volume of undisturbed deposits, and horizontal exposure of archaeological surfaces of past human activity and this publication is an important contribution to ongoing archaeological research of the Neolithic Age in Greece in particular, but also in Anatolia, the Balkans and Europe in general.

This edited volume offers a full scholarly interdisciplinary study and interpretation of the results of approximately 40 years of excavation and analysis. It includes numerous chemical analyses and a much needed long series of radiocarbon dates, the corresponding microstratigraphic, stratigraphic and ceramic sequence, the human burials, stone and bone tools, faunal and floral remains, isotopic analyses, specific locations of human activities and ceremonies inside the cave, as well as a site description and the history of the excavation conducted by G. Papathanassopoulos.


List of illustrations [vii-x]
List of tables [xi-xii]
List of colour plates [xiii]
List of contributors [xiv-xv]

Memories of Alepotrypa Cave, Diros [xvi-xviii]
George Papathanassopoulos

1. Introduction [1-9]
Anastasia Papathanasiou

2. Alepotrypa Cave: the site description and its cultural and chronological range [10-23]
Anastasia Papathanasiou

3. Stratigraphy and site formation processes of Alepotrypa Cave [24-32]
Panagiotis Karkanas

4. The stratigraphic and pottery sequence of Trench B1 at Alepotrypa Cave: a first approach to the investigation of ceramic and chronological associations [33-90]
Barbara Katsipanou-Margeli

5. When do the dead become dead? Mortuary projects from Ossuaries I and II, Alepotrypa Cave [91-125]
Stella Katsarou

6. Patterns of pottery consumption, destruction and deposition at Alepotrypa Cave: the case of Chamber Z during the Neolithic period [127-157]
Katerina Psimogiannou

7. Pithoi with relief decoration from Ale-potrypa Cave [158-162]
George Valvis

8. The Alepotrypa Cave pottery assemblage: a ceramic petrology approach [163-178]
Areti Pentedeka

9. The chipped stone industries of Alepotrypa Cave: a general presentation [179-200]
Georgia Kourtessi-Philippakis

10. Macrolithics: ordinary things in an extraordinary place [201-241]
Anna Stroulia

11. Patterns of exploitation and exchange: preliminary compositional results of the obsidian assemblage from Alepotrypa Cave [242-252]
Danielle J. Riebe

12. Neolithic bone and antler artefacts from Alepotrypa Cave [253-259]
Georgia Stratouli

13. The people of Alepotrypa [260-271]
Anastasia Papathanasiou

14. The macrofaunal assemblage of Alepotrypa Cave [272-305]
Angelos Hadjikoumis

15. Radiogenic strontium isotope results from the burials of Alepotrypa Cave [306-315]
Julia I. Giblin

16. The plant remains from Alepotrypa Cave: use, discard and structured deposition [316-326]
Evi Margaritis

17. The exploitation of marine animal resources at Alepotrypa Cave: harvesting strategies, management and uses [327-359]
Tatiana Theodoropoulou

18. Phytolith analysis from the sediments of Alepotrypa Cave [360-372]
Georgia Tsartsidou

19. Wood charcoal analysis from the sediments of Alepotrypa Cave [373-390]
Maria Ntinou

20. The microfauna from Alepotrypa Cave [391-399]
Katerina Papayianni & Thomas Cucchi

21. Speleothems from Alepotrypa Cave: towards climate reconstruction [400-406]
Meighan Boyd & Kathrin Holmgren

22. The Diros Project, 2011–2013: surface survey and site collection in Diros Bay [407-425]
Daniel J. Pullen, Michael L. Galaty, William A. Parkinson, Wayne E. Lee & Rebecca. M. Seifried

23. An integrated assessment of Alepotrypa Cave [426-435]
Anastasia Papathanasiou


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