Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2016

2 April 2016

The Human Face of Radiocarbon. Reassessing Chronology in Prehistoric Greece and Bulgaria, 5000-3000 cal BC

Edited by Zoï Tsirtsoni

The Human Face of Radiocarbon. Reassessing Chronology in Prehistoric Greece and Bulgaria, 5000-3000 cal BC

City: Lyon

Year: 2016

Publisher: Publications de la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée

Series: Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée- Série Recherches archéologiques; 69

Description: Paperback, 520 p., numerous b/w & colour figures, 29.6 x 21 cm


This volume presents the results of a multidisciplinary research program (“Balkans 4000”) financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and coordinated by the editor between 2007 and 2011, when she was a member of the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée (Laboratory of Archaeology and Archaeometry). 192 new radiocarbon dates have been produced in the laboratories of Lyon, Saclay and Demokritos, from 34 archaeological sites, spanning the years from the end of the 6th to the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. They shed light on the evolution of human settlement during the late stages of the Neolithic period in Greece and Bulgaria, and more specifically on the transition from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age during the “obscure” 4th millennium BC.

Thirty-one scholars, archaeologists as well as radiocarbon scientists, are signing the contributions.


Preface (Zoï Tsirtsoni) [9]

Chapter 1: Zoï Tsirtsoni, The chronological framework in Greece and Bulgaria between the late 6th and the early 3rd millennium BC, and the “Balkans 4000” project [13-40]

Chapter 2: Yannis Maniatis, Christine Oberlin & Zoï Tsirtsoni, “Balkans 4000”: the radiocarbon dates from archaeological contexts [41-68]

Northeast Bulgaria
Chapter 3: Stefan Chohadzhiev, The prehistoric cemetery at Smyadovo, Shumen district [69-84]

Chapter 4: Dimitar Chernakov, Settlement mound near the village of Kosharna [85-98]

Northwest Bulgaria
Chapter 5: Maya Valentinova, An early fourth millennium settlement near the village of Bezhanovo, Lovech Region [99-114]

Chapter 6: Georgi Ganetsovski, The prehistoric settlement in the Ezeroto locality near the village of Borovan, Northwestern Bulgaria [115-126]

Bulgarian Thrace
Chapter 7: Vassil Nikolov & Viktoria Petrova, Tell Karanovo: the hiatus between the Late Copper and the Early Bronze Age [127-139]

Chapter 8: Yavor Boyadzhiev & Kamen Boyadzhiev, Archaeological excavations at Tell Karnobat [141-156]

Chapter 9: Yavor Boyadzhiev & Ioannis Aslanis, Radiocarbon dates from Tell Yunatsite [157-168]

Chapter 10: Nadezhda Todorova, The Final Chalcolithic site in the “Gradishteto” locality near the village of Dolno Dryanovo, Southwest Bulgaria [169-186]

Chapter 11: Krassimir Leshtakov, Nadezhda Todorova & Vanya Petrova, Late Chalcolithic Tatul [187-208]

Chapter 12: Yavor Boyadzhiev & Kamen Boyadzhiev, The Late Chalcolithic site of Orlitsa [209-230]

Chapter 13: Yavor Boyadzhiev & Kamen Boyadzhiev, Investigations at the Chalcolithic settlement at Varhari [231-248]

Chapter 14: Nadezhda Todorova & Maya Avramova, The Yagodina Cave and the final stages of the Chalcolithic in the Western Rhodope Mountains [249-270]

Greek Eastern Macedonia
Chapter 15: Zoï Tsirtsoni, The Late Neolithic II (Chalcolithic)-Early Bronze Age transition at the tell of Dikili Tash [271-298]

Chapter 16: Dimitria Malamidou, Kryoneri, Nea Kerdyllia: a settlement of the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age on the lower Strymon valley, Eastern Macedonia [299-315]

Chapter 17: Anastasios Siros & Miltiadis Miteletsis, The “Katarraktes” Cave at Sidirokastro, Serres District [317-338]

Chapter 18: Chaïdo Koukouli-Chrysanthaki & Stratis Papadopoulos, The island of Thasos from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age. Excavation data and absolute dates [339-360]

Chapter 19: Giorgos Toufexis, Palioskala. A Late Neolithic, Final Neolithic and Early Bronze Age settlement in the Eastern Thessalian plain, Central Greece [361-380]

Chapter 20: Christos Karagiannopoulos, Prodromos Karditsas, Magoula Agios Ioannis. A prehistoric settlement in the Western Thessalian plain [381-394]

Chapter 21: Vassiliki Adrymi-Sismani, The settlement at the Mikrothives interchange and the transition from the Chalcolithic to the Early Bronze Age [395-418]

Southern Greece
Chapter 22: Fanis Mavridis & Žarko Tankosić, The Later Neolithic Stages in Central-Southern Greece based on the evidence from the excavations at the Agia Triada Cave, Southern Euboea [419-436]

Chapter 23: Olga Kakavogianni, Elena Tselepi, Kleio Dimitriou, Christina Katsavou & Kerasia Douni, The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age settlement in Merenta, Attica, in its regional context [437-452]

Chapter 24: Zoï Tsirtsoni, Concluding remarks [453-464]

General bibliography [465]

Table of illustrations [507]


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