BOOKS | 2008
Athens 2008The present volume publishes some of the finds and results of the excavations conducted by Professor N. Stampolidis of the University of Crete in the Early Iron Age necropolis of Orthi Petra in Eleutherna, Crete. The necropolis, which is a palimpsest of intensive human activity, the denser and most legible lines of which pertain to the 9th – 6th centuries BC, lies on the originally rather steep, but now terraced, west slopes of the hill of Prines, 20-40m above the Chalopota stream.
Athens 2008The book is the eight volume of the journal of the Benaki Museum. The two first articles, written in English, focus on a golden Mycenaean kylix of the Benaki Museum. The golden kylix decorated with repoussé runnig hounds was bought by Antoni Benaki himself in 1939; it consists one of the most known prehistoric artefacts of the Museum.
Oxford 2008There is a great deal of evidence within the Linear B tablets that the administrations of the Mycenaean palaces took an interest in the religious aspect of their communities. Many tablets record the offerings that the palace sent to various deities and their shrines, and it is clear that there were numerous religious festivals in which the communities of the Mycenaean palaces, presumably with the wanax at their head, took part. However, the exact nature of the relationship between the palace and the religious sector is more difficult to discern, and has recently become a matter for debate among some Mycenologists.
Funeral Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies from Prehistory to Antiquity. Proceedings of the International Workshop “Troas and its Neighbours”
Istanbul 2008This book constitutes a thoroughly refereed International Workshop held in Çanakkale in 2006 and organised by two universities conjointly on funeral rites, rituals and ceremonies from Prehistory to Antiquity. The book covers a time span from mostly Bronze Age to Classical periods and examines some of the archaeological evidence while presenting and discussing individual sites on funeral practices. Scholars of history and archaeology from different countries, contribute to this volume by providing examples not only from the Troas region itself but also from neighbouring and more distant lands. Recent excavations and field surveys in the Troas and its neighbours provide additional information about the details of our ancestors’ response to the universal inevitable reality: the death.
The Aegean Bronze Age in relation to the Wider European Context. Papers from a session at the eleventh Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Cork, 5-11 September 2005
With the exception of Gullög Nordquist’s and Michael Wedde’s contributions, the articles in this volume derive from a session held at the eleventh annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Cork, September, 2005. The title of the session was Aegean Archaeology in the Wider European Context. The papers centred around questions concerning direct contacts and specific influences, cultural interaction between the Mycenaean world and the rest of Europe, and the role of Aegean material in discussions and interpretations of material found elsewhere.
Athens 2008Modern Greeks envisage their collective past as a cultural commodity; authentic, usable and eternally present. Archaeology has been instrumental in constructing the nation’s identity, built on the tangible evidence it produces. This is by no means just a Greek phenomenon, a peculiarity of the state that inherited ‘the glory that was Greece’. The rapport, however, between archaeological research and national(ist) strategy presents some interesting facets in a country which has been struggling, for most of the twentieth century, to counter the predicaments of modernity with the promise of modernization. And it is these peculiarities, concerning the Greek archaeologist as much as the historian and the social anthropologist, which prompted this publication.
Athens 2008The journal Athens Annals of Archaeology (ΑΑΑ) was first published by Prof. Sp. Marinatos in 1968. Nowadays it is published under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Most of the articles are written in Greek, followed by an extensive English summary. Five of the articles of the last volume are of prehistoric interest.
1st International Congress on the History and Culture of Thessaly. Congress Proceedings, 1-11 November 2006 (2 vols)
This two-volume work publishes the proceedings of the first International Congress on the History and Culture of Thessaly that took place in Larissa (Greece) in 2006. The first volume focuses on the period from Prehistory until the Roman times, while the second volume refers to the Byzantine and modern times.
Der frühbronzezeitliche Schmuckhortfund von Kap Kolonna. Ägina und die Ägäis im Goldzeitalter des 3. Jahrtausends v. Chr.
The jewellery hoard excavated under the floor of an Early Bronze Age house-unit in the prehistoric settlement of Cape Kolonna/Aigina represents in many ways an exceptional collection still unique in the central Aegean of the late third millenium B.C. The material consists of precious metals (gold, silver) and several nonmetallic valuable objects (carnalian, rock-crystal, frit) and belongs to a secondary hoard of pins, pendants and beads, partly bent for the deposit context (pins).
Aegean Metallurgy in the Bronze Age. Proceedings of an International Symposium held at the University of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece, on November 19-21, 2004
Athens 2008The jigsaw puzzle of the metallurgy and metalworking of the Aegean is slowly being completed. It is being filled in by new finds, new methods, and analyses that point to new possibilities. The pieces of the puzzle are still difficult to assemble: our knowledge is frequently fragmented, both geographically and chronologically.
Athens 2008The book publishes the Proceedings of the conference Akrotiri Thera. Thirty years of research (1967-1997), that took place in Athens on 19-20 December 1997. The papers written in Greek are divided into seven parts: Production and measurement systems, diet, storage, art, ideology, external relations, and modern technology.
Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Boeotian Studies. Livadia 9-12 September 2000 (2 vols)
Athens 2008The Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Boeotian studies (held in Livadia on 9-12 September 2000) are presented in two volumes of almost 2000 pages. The first volume focuses on the archaeology and topography of Boeotia, while the second one on philological, historical and ethnographical issues. The articles are written in several languages (mostly in Greek). Ten articles of the first volume are of prehistoric interest, most of them regarding the Cadmea.
The book publishes the Proceedings of an International Congress devoted to the German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld (1853-1940) that took place on the island of Lefkada in August 2006. The 26 papers written in Greek, German and English are divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the life and work of Dörpfeld, while the second one on the Homeric Ithaca. The book also contains an article on a Mycenaean beehive tomb found recently on Lefkada (see appendix).