BOOKS | 2009
Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) : 7-19.This is a preliminary report on the six most important prehistoric sites identified during the Halasarna Survey Project. The early occupation of Kos was until recently only slightly touched on by archaeological investigations and this survey has provided substantial data for better understanding of settlement on the island, in particular during the Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age.
Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) : 21-30.During the Early Bronze Age, the promontory of Chrysokamino in the Mirabello Bay area of Crete housed a small copper smelting installation. Under the direction of Philip P. Betancourt, a team from Temple University excavated the site from 1996 to 1997. Slag from the smelting operations was abundantly present, up to sixty centimeters deep. Initial analyses of the slag suggested that the smelting operation, although relying upon simple technology, was nonetheless effective. With chimneys and artificial draft, the furnaces probably reached temperatures of up to 1230° C, sufficient to separate copper from its ores and produce slag.
Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) : 31-50.Aegeanists typically argue that the state formed on Crete as it did in the ancient Near East. Hierarchical structures developed over the course of the Bronze Age culminating in the centralization of civil and religious power at Knossos near the beginning of the Late Bronze Age. Already at EM I Knossos emerging elites competed in the conspicuous consumption of food, drink and fine pottery to legitimate their authority.
Inferences for use of Skotino Cave during the Bronze Age and later based on a speleological and environmental study at Skotino Cave, Crete
Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) : 51-63.
Inferences for the use of Skotino Cave in the Bronze Age are based on a speleological and environmental study of the cave conducted in 2007. Level II of the cave, an area excavated by Davaras, was the focus of the inquiry.
Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) : 65-80.The violent destruction by fire of Building 5 at Palaikastro, Crete, provided an interesting and varied collection of well-preserved fired-earth elements. Those include fragments of mudbricks, mud coatings, roofs/ceilings, doorjambs, and other samples which bear impressions of wooden elements, probably from installations made of a combination of earth and wood.
The ownership of hard stone seals with the motif of a pair of recumbent bovines from the Late Bronze Age Greek mainland: A contextual approach
Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) : 81-93.Hard stone seals with the motif of a pair of side-to-side recumbent bovines form one of the most recognizable groups of Late Bronze Age Aegean glyptic. In an attempt to shed some light on aspects of their ownership, this paper examines in detail the contextual associations of a small corpus of these seals from eight Late Bronze Age burials and burial assemblages of the Greek mainland.
Aegean Archaeology 8 (2005-2006) : 95-109.During the summers of 2006 and 2007 the Canadian Institute in Greece sponsored the excavation of a Mycenaean chamber tomb cemetery at Ayia Sotira near Koutsomodi in the Nemea valley. The cemetery was discovered in 2002, when the 4th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities discovered illegal digging in an olive grove above the small church of Ayia Sotira, and immediately conducted salvage excavations of one of the chamber tombs.
PrincetonTwenty-five years after Colin Renfrew’s seminal book, The Archaeology of Cult, was published, the study of ritual and religion in Crete remains one of the most vital and debated areas of research in Old World prehistory. For the present volume, 25 specialists in the archaeology of the island have been invited to bring the subject up to date. Their multivocalist discourse ranges in time from the Bronze to the Iron Age and includes, in five diverse sections, unpublished finds, theoretically-informed discussion of ritual behavior, and innovative reconstructions of sacred landscapes.
KhaniaThe city of Khania is rightly proud to be included among cities with a long history and especially cities where excavations have revealed a continuous habitation in successive occupation layers. It is the only city of modern Crete which digs up so many memories every day and brings to light so many traces of its distant past. Traces erased and erased, like a palimpsest, but always leaving readable and recognizable impression. This is how the reconstitution of the unique architectural palimpsest of the city of Khania began, which has been described as a city of Mediterranean architecture. At the same time, it is one of the most ancient cities of the Mediterranean and the whole of Europe, a description that is supported by the existence of an organized settlement of “urban” character as early as the third millennium B.C.
Nowicki, K., 2005-2006 . Review of C. Davaras & Ph.P. Betancourt, Hagia Photia Cemetery I: The Tomb Groups and Architecture (Philadelphia: INSTAP, 2004), Aegean Archaeology 8: 144-146.
Mediterranean Historical Review
Hall, J., 2009. Review of D. Damaskos & D. Plantzos (eds.), A Singular Antiquity: Archaeology and Hellenic Identity in Twentieth-Century Greece (Athens: Benaki Museum, 2008), Mediterranean Historical Review 24: 64-69.