Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


La raccolta del croco a Thera: un tipo particolare di iniziazione femminile?

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 37-69.

Gli affreschi rinvenuti nella Xesté 3 di Akrotiri e il loro possibile significato sono stati oggetto di numerosissimi ed autorevoli studi. In questa sede si intende proporre una ulteriore ipotesi, che nasce dall’analisi dell’iconografia e del contesto archeologico, con un riferimento specifico agli oggetti rinvenuti negli ambienti dell’edificio. In particolare, sarà preso considerazione il cosiddetto “settore femminile” della Xesté 3.

Handmade burnished ware e ceramica grigia tornita in Egeo nella tarda età del bronzo: una messa a punto

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 95-121.

La recente pubblicazione di significativi nuclei di ceramiche d’impasto realizzate a mano (HBW) - a volte associati a ceramiche “grigie” tornite di tipo pseudominio - provenienti da alcuni importanti centri della Grecia micenea e della Creta tardo-minoica, apre nuovi scenari e spunti di riflessione per chi si occupa delle relazioni tra Egeo e Mediterraneo centrale nella tarda età del bronzo.

Four Cypro-Minoan inscriptions from Maroni-Vournes

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 145-164.

The British School at Athens-University of Cincinnati excavations at Maroni-Vournes, on the eastern edge of the coastal plain of the Maroni river valley in south­east Cyprus, have yielded fragments of four clay vessels bearing signs that clearly belong to the Cypro-Minoan script of the Late Bronze Age.

Pottery production and consumption in Early Iron Age Crete: the case of Thronos Kephala (ancient Sybrita)

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 165-222.

Recent years have seen a marked increase in interest in the Early Iron Age of Crete, focusing on sites which flourished in the centuries of the so called Dark Ages through to the emergence of the city-states dating from the 8th century BC onwards. Excavations at Knossos, Eleutherna, Thronos Kephala, and Kavousi, and surveys at Vrokastro and elsewhere bear witness to this renewed interest.

Patterns of exchange and mobility. The case of the Grey Ware in Middle and Late Minoan Crete

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 279-314.

New finds and important contributions have recently offered a fresh overview on wheel-made grey ware on Crete and have also provided an occasion for as update on pottery imported from outside Crete. As a result the list of Grey Ware in LM III contexts has been expanded, but mentions of such a ware in previous periods have been surprisingly neglected. The aim of this article is to re-examine the evidence of the Grey Ware on Crete, from the first appearance of Grey Minyan Ware to the later distribution of Grey Ware up to the LM IIIC period.

The Mycenaean settlements in the Sparta plain and the ancient traditions

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 315-335.

In this note I assess the main Mycenaean settlements discovered in and around the Sparta plain and also try to interpret the ancient testimonia related to them. It is both customary and correct to present the more definite (i.e. the archaeological) evidence first and separately in such cases, before any speculative attempts to assign ancient names to particular sites.

Excavations at Sissi. Preliminary Report on the 2007-2008 Campaigns


Excavations at Sissi. Preliminary Report on the 2007-2008 Campaigns During 2007 and 2008, the Belgian School at Athens undertook its first ever excavation on Crete, at the Minoan site of Sissi on the north coast of the island. Located at a few kilometres from the palatial site of Malia, the Sissi settlement presents a unique test case to examine the relationship between a palace site and its hinterland during the Bronze Age (2600-1250 BC).

Die Synchronisierung der nördlichen Levante und Kilikiens mit der ägäischen Spätbronzezeit


Die Synchronisierung der nördlichen Levante und Kilikiens mit der ägäischen Spätbronzezeit For several decades we know quite a lot of sites in the northern Levant which yield Aegean finds, especially Mycenaean pottery and figurines. This study contains a catalogue of Mycenaean pottery, imported as well as locally made, found in Syria, the Lebanon and Cilicia in undisturbed contexts. These are of particular importance for the synchronization with sites in Southern Greece. There, the typology of the Mycenaean pottery is ensured by several settlement sequences.

Die geometrische Keramik von Kap Kolonna


Die geometrische Keramik von Kap Kolonna The Protogeometric and Geometric pottery presented in this volume was mainly found on the Kolonna Hill, a cape protruding into the sea in front of the island of Aigina, bearing a settlement from Neolithic times onwards. The high quantities of Protogeometric pottery indicate that the acropolis of Cape Kolonna, which was abandoned during the Late Mycenaean times, was resettled in the 10th century B.C. It is apparent that the inhabitants of Aigina had close relations with Athens from the beginning, independent of their transmitted Doric descent, as the decorated ceramic fine wares have been almost exclusively imported from there.

Interconnections in the Eastern Mediterranean. Lebanon in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Proceedings of the International Symposium Beirut 2008


Interconnections in the Eastern Mediterranean. Lebanon in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Proceedings of the International Symposium Beirut 2008 The book publishes the Proceedings of the four day Symposium ‘Interconnections in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age (Early, Middle, Late) and the Iron Age’ that was held in November 2008 in Beirut (Lebanon). The aims of the Symposium were: 1) To initiate in Lebanon an International forum for Mediterranean archaeology, 2) To focus on regionalism between ancient Lebanon and the Mediterranean world during Bronze Age and Iron Age.

The latest Prepalatial period and the foundation of the first palace at Phaistos: a stratigraphic and chronological re-assessment

Creta Antica 10/I (2009): 105-145.

The dating of the first palace at Phaistos has been particularly problematic because the architectural complex is comprised of two blocks that were set at different levels on the slope of the hill, and they have been dated to different ceramic phases due to the lack of accuracy in the selection of the relevant deposits, and a rather loose application of Evans’ chronological system. The materials retrieved from the sub-floor excavations that were conducted in the area between piazzale I and cortile 40 of the palace have proved to be a major problem.

I resti faunistici provenienti dal saggio sotto il vano XIX a Festòs (The faunal remains from the trench-pits conducted beneath room XIX at Phaistos)

Creta Antica 10/I (2009): 97-103.

The faunal remains include a bone sample comprised of 679 fragmentary bones and 86 sea-shells. These finds have been divided into two groups: one attributed to the FN and the other to a period ranging from FN to MM IB. Both groups are largely comprised of sheep/goats, followed by pigs and cattle. Dog, marine turtle and agrimi are attested by very scant remains. In the FN-MM IB group, sheep/goats are prevalent over the other domesticated species - pigs and cattle - which are instead well represented in the FN sam­ple.

Il Neolitico Finale a Festòs: per una riconsiderazione funzionale dei dati dagli scavi Levi (Final Neolithic at Phaistos: A fuctional revaluation of the Levi’s excavations data)

Creta Antica 10/I (2009): 57-95.

This work focuses on reviewing the previous publications of Phaistian Neolithic pottery on the base of the new acquisitions provided by the recent excavations at Phaistos (directed by V. La Rosa) and by the study of the new ceramic deposits and related architectures that have reopened the problem of the definition of the Phaistian Final Neolithic.