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BOOK REVIEWS | 2009

Review of An Archaeobotanical investigation of Prehistoric Diet in Greece

The Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry

Sarpaki, A., 2009. Review of S.M. Valamoti, An Archaeobotanical investigation of Prehistoric Diet in Greece (Η αρχαιοβοτανική έρευνα της διατροφής στην προϊστορική Ελλάδα) (Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2009), The Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 9.2: 135-143.

And reply to Sarpaki’s book review by S.M. Valamoti, The Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 9.2: 144-147.

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Rites of passage for young children in Mycenaean Greece

Childhood in the Past: An International Journal 1.1 (January 2009): 38-48.

This paper considers whether there is any evidence of rites of passage, the ceremonies commemorating significant stages in the life of a child, which can be identified in Mycenaean Greece. The conclusion is drawn that, despite a comparative scarcity of evidence from the Mycenaean period, there were events in a Mycenaean child’s life which can plausibly be compared with landmarks in the life of Athenian children in the Classical period.

Review of The Chrysokamino Metallurgy and its Territory

Babesch; Annual Papers on Mediterranean Archaeology

Soetens, S., 2009. Review of Ph.P. Betancourt, The Chrysokamino Metallurgy and its Territory (Princeton: ASCSA Publications, 2006), Babesch; Annual Papers on Mediterranean Archaeology 84: 244-245.

Le singe dans le monde minoen et cycladique

Res Antiquae 6 (2009): 305-322.

The representations of monkeys are numerous in the Minoan and Theran art although the monkey is not an animal native of the Aegean. Introduced from Egypt, probably via the Levant, first as iconographic motif, afterwards as real animals, the monkey became a pet and even found a place in the Minoan and Cycladic religion.

The emergence and development of a round building tradition in the Aegean and Crete

The Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry (MAA) 9.1 (2009): 89-113.

This paper examines the emergence of the non-submerged type of round building in the settlements of prehistoric Aegean, including Crete. It complements our earlier discussion of the Minoan evidence that concentrated on the properties of architectural form and the cultural semantics of its perishable structure. This work explores the common characteristics that this particular architectural genre acquires in the prehistoric communities of the Greek mainland, the Aegean islands and Crete, along with the features that seem to demarcate distinct chronological and geographical groupings.

Trading implements in early Troy: In memoriam Professor Manfred Korfmann

Anatolian Studies 59 (2009): 19-50.

The traditional view of Troy as a kind of central site presupposes balance weights and other artefacts that attest weighing procedures among the excavated material. Indeed, already in the works of Homer it is possible to find refer­ences to premonetary aspects (for example, the gold standard τάλαντον). The main purpose of this investigation is to provide an archaeological view on the issue of trading implements and their significance in early Troy.

The treasure deposits of Troy: rethinking crisis and agency on the Early Bronze Age citadel

Anatolian Studies 59 (2009): 1-18.

The treasure deposits of Troy have been largely studied in isolation from both architectural developments and other depositional contexts in Troia II—III. The corpus has been perceived as little more than a catalogue of information that can be assessed to outline various trends related to metallurgical production, expanding networks of exchange and fluctuations in economic wealth. Considerations of agency have been few and limited. This study relates the content and context of the treasures to depositional and architectural patterns that begin in Troia II.

Phases of childhood in Early Mycenaean Greece

Childhood in the Past: An International Journal 2.1 (April 2009): 15-32.

The paper examines the question of whether or not it is possible to distinguish age grades within childhood in Early Mycenaean Greece. The analysis centres upon burial evidence from the Argolid, the core-area of Mycenaean civilisation, from where the largest amount of material suitable for such an analysis is available. The study concludes that on the basis of the available evidence three major phases can be identified within childhood - up until 1-2 years; 1-2 to 5-6 years and post 5-6 years. These approximate age grades, however, appear to have been somewhat fluid and changed over time.

The Aigina Treasure: Aegean Bronze Age Jewellery and a Mystery Revisited

London

The Aigina Treasure: Aegean Bronze Age Jewellery and a Mystery Revisited

The Aigina Treasure, a group of Greek Bronze Age gold jewellery and other objects believed to come from the island of Aigina, was memorably described by Reynold Higgins as ‘a rich, beautiful and very perplexing collection’. It has both fascinated and puzzled scholars and the wider world since it first came to notice in 1891, when it was offered to the British Museum for sale. The fascination arises from the recognition that such rich assemblages are rare: the Treasure potentially provides very significant evidence both for the history of early jewellery and for the history of the culture that made and used it. However, the lack of precise provenance and known associations makes it difficult to determine exactly where in our picture of the ancient world the Aigina Treasure fits.

Schliemann und Troja

Berlin

Schliemann und Troja

Bis heute ist Heinrich Schliemanns Bedeutung — Schatzgräber oder Pionier archäologischer Forschung — ebenso umstritten wie die Frage, ob die von ihm ausgegrabene Stadt tatsächlich das homerische Troja war. Das Berliner Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte besitzt weltweit die größte Sammlung von archäologischen Funden aus Schliemanns Grabungen in Troja, der sagenhaften Stadt des Dichters Homer.

Review of Case e rituali a Creta nel periodo neopalaziale

Revue des Études Grecques

Lefèvre-Novaro, D., 2009. Review of S. Privitera, Case e rituali nel periodo neopalaziale (Atene: Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, 2008), Revue des Études Grecques 122 (juillet-décembre): 647-648.