ARTICLES | 2009
Lictoria parva. Una grande impresa archeologica e una piccola fondazione italiana a Creta (Lictoria Parva. A great archaeological work and a small Italian foundation in Crete)
Creta Antica 10/I (2009): 49-56.The original of this type-script, which was probably not written for publication, was sent to Count Fr. Pellati, General Director of Antiquities and Arts at the Ministry of National Education at the end of 1935. The first part is a simple geographic and historical presentation, which uses strong but also clearly didactic tones and adjectives, so as to rouse the interest of the recipient, and enlarge the merits of the actors. The various steps and practical difficulties of the exploration are remembered with extreme reality, with great pleasure and also some ‘literary’ aspirations. It is in any case a precious direct testimony for those difficult environmental conditions. The central issue is the logistical history of the Cretan Mission, from 1899 to the construction of the house at Phaistos in 1931.
Journal of Archaeological Science 36.2 (February 2009): 370-378.The microstructures and chemical compositions of some 15 faience objects from Crete spanning the period from Middle Minoan IIIA through to Late Minoan IA are determined using analytical scanning electron microscopy. The Minoan faience is compared with replicate faience beads produced in the laboratory using various combinations of manganese, copper and iron as colorants. The alkali contents of the replicate beads are varied so that the colorants are present both as ions in a glass phase and as particulate oxides.
Contrôle économique et administration à l’époque des palais mycéniens (fin du IIe millénaire av. J.-C.)
AthensThis book examines the economic control and the administration in Greece at the time of the Mycenaean palaces (texts dating to between ca. 1450 and 1200 BC). It relies primarily on the inscribed tablets discovered in the palaces and proposes a synthesis of the main aspects of the subject: the scribes (responsible for the book-keeping) and the organisation of the archives, the administrative geography, the taxation system, the administration of personnel, the control of land, the relationship between palatial administration and sanctuaries, the degree of palatial involvement in trade, as well as the use of palace functionaries or local dignitaries in procedures of economic control.
Journal of Archaeological Science 36.8 (August 2009): 1738-1744.This paper presents and discusses the Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) results newly obtained from pumice pieces found decades ago at the Egyptian sites of Maiyana, Sedment, Kahun, and Amarna – now in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London – which could be successfully related to several volcanic eruptions in the Mediterranean. The work contributes to the constant accumulation of knowledge concerning the first appearance of pumice from the so-called Minoan eruption of the Santorini volcano.
Approaching Levantine shores. Aspects of Cretan contacts with Western Asia during the MM-LM I periods
Proceedings of the Danish Institute at Athens VI (2009): 9-55.This article presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the foreign relations of Crete towards the Levant and beyond, from their first encounter to the end of the New Palace Period, with the main focus on the MM-LM I periods. The archaeological material indicates contacts during the EM II and from the MM I period onwards, whilst the textual evidence strongly indicates direct royal connections perhaps from the Old Palace Period or early New Palace Period, and furthermore offers a mythological remembrance of these contacts during the Late Bronze Age.
The Ayia Triadha cave, Southern Euboea: Finds and implications of the earliest human habitation in the area (a preliminary report)
The Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry (MAA) 9:2 (2009): 47-59.
The Ayia Triadha cave excavation project aims to explore early maritime connections in the Aegean during the Late Neolithic I and II and the Early Bronze Age. The cave lies in a strategic position close to the crossroads that connect insular regions and the mainland. We also aim to explore the manifestations of the so-called Saliagos culture of the Cyclades and the Aegean. This culture is connected to the White-on-Dark pottery horizon (late sixth to early fifth millennium B.C.) found in the cave.