BOOKS | 2009
Khania (Kydonia). Α Tour to Sites of Ancient Memory
Khania 2009The 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.
Documenta Praehistorica XXXVI. 16th Neolithic Studies
The 16th Neolithic Studies anthology comprises seventeen selected papers presented at the fifteenth Neolithic Seminar Climate Anomalies, Population and Culture Dynamics in Prehistory that took place at the Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana in November 2008.
Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel VI (2 vols)
Mainz 2009These volumes publish the 516 Minoan and Mycenaean seals in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Although many have been previously published, this publication is far more comprehensive than any which precede it and several artefacts previously considered doubtful or fake have been re-examined and rehabilitated. The seals are each illustrated and photographed with descriptions, commentary, comparanda and bibliographies.
The Past in the Past: The Significance of Memory and Tradition in the Transmission of Culture
Oxford 2009The present volume is the outcome of a session held at the 12th European Archaeological Association conference at Krakow in Poland, in September 2006, titled The Past in the Past: The Significance of Memory and Tradition in the Transmission of Culture. In the papers presented in this session as well as in the chapters presented in this volume there were three central concepts, which were very closely linked and interrelated, memory, tradition and identity. It became apparent that there were various ways in which they were perceived and consciously exploited within different societies.
ΚΕΡΜΑΤΙΑ ΦΙΛΙΑΣ – Studies in Honour of Ioannis Touratsoglou (2 vols)
Athens 2009Ioannis Touratsoglou follows the long tradition of the Directors of the Numismatic Museum, who have been recognised as academics with a strong personality. These volumes are a small token, in return for his contribution to the Museum. The participation of many different colleagues, from a variety of academic fields, reflects the appreciation, friendship and recognition of Touratsoglou among them.
Art and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age
Dramatic social and political change marks the period from the end of the Late Bronze Age into the Iron Age (ca. 1300–700 BC) across the Mediterranean. Inland palatial centres of bureaucratic power weakened or collapsed ca. 1200 BC while entrepreneurial exchange by sea survived and even expanded, becoming the Mediterranean-wide network of Phoenician trade. At the heart of that system was Kition, one of the largest harbour cities of ancient Cyprus. Earlier research has suggested that Phoenician rule was established at Kition after the abandonment of part of its Bronze Age settlement.
Ethnè grecs à l’âge du Bronze. I: Introduction, Abantes-Epéens, II: Etoliens-Thessaliens (2 vols)
Athens 2009L’auteur s’emploie à identifier et situer, dans l’espace et dans le temps, les ethnè grecs apparus avant c.a. 1100/1050 de l’ère préchrétienne, sur la base à la fois d’éléments de tradition et d’indices onomastiques, culturels, institutionnels, dialectaux et autres, tous établis suivant de règles uniformes et après discussion critique détaillée. Les vingt-cinq chapitres, pour autant d’ethnè identifiés, sont précédés d’une introduction touchant : (1) à l’arrivée des Protogrecs, (2) à l’image d’un ethnos grec à l’âge du Bronze, et (3) aux normes à appliquer, et suivis de conclusions générales par trois unités thématiques : (1) description de chaque ethnos identifié, (2) pays où il se laisse repérer et dates respectives, et (3) les étapes de son expansion et, le cas échéant, sa diffusion.
Apiculture in the Prehistoric Aegean. Minoan and Mycenaean Symbols Revisited
Oxford 2009This study surveys the evidence for beekeeping in the Prehistoric Aegean, from references in later literature to archaeological remains of beekeeping paraphernalia, symbolic depictions in jewellery and on seals, and the evidence of folklore and mythology. Finds of hives, smoking pots, honey extractors (some of them identified as such by the authors) and so-on indicate systematic Minoan apiculture, and the authors propose that contra Evans, seals can be reinterpreted as depicting apiculture, rather than religious scenes, and used by overseers of beekeeping, a high-status and highly valued industry.
Euboea and Central Greece
The second volume Euboea and Central Greece in the series Archaeology completes the circumnavigation of the Aegean islands presented in the first volume; it then moves westwards towards the Ionian Sea, covering the southern part of the Greek Mainland, the region known today as Central Greece or Sterea Ellada. During historical times, this wide geographical region was not a discreet entity with a specific name, as were Thessaly, Epirus or the Peloponnese. Nevertheless, the prefectures of Central Greece (Attica, Boeotia, Phthiotis, Eurytania, Phocis, Aetoloakarnania), that is, the modern administrative-geographical districts, coincide for the greater part of their territory with the ancient regions that in Antiquity were defined as lands of ‘ethne’ or tribes.
The Aegean and its Cultures. Proceedings of the first Oxford-Athens graduate student workshop organized by the Greek Society and the University of Oxford Taylor Institution, 22-23 April 2005
Oxford 2009Proceedings of the first Oxford-Athens graduate student workshop organized by the Greek Society and the University of Oxford Taylor Institution, April 2005.
Minoan Architecture: Materials and Techniques
Padova 2009This book has been written with the aim of providing a guide, for students and professional archaeologists alike, to the building materials used by the ‘Minoans’ and the techniques they used to prepare and set them into place. It often focuses on the finer buildings discovered, thus on the architectural style characterizing the Minoan «Palaces» and the houses of the affluent.
Anaskamma. Excavating Journal, vol. 3, 2009
The journal Anaskamma is published by the Emeritus Professor G.H. Hourmouziadis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece). The articles are written in Greek and most of them refer to the excavations at the Neolithic Lake dwelling of Dispilio (Macedonia).