Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


“One, none, and a hundred thousand”: Settlements and identities in the prehistoric Mediterranean Islands

Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 4.1 (2010): 82-98.

This paper explores the relations between island settlement, identity and sense of place in the prehistoric Mediterranean. It uses modern examples and archaeological case studies to discuss the effects of colonisation and abandonment on island communities and the creation of distinctive identities as a form of cultural resistance.

Volcanoes, ice-cores and tree-rings: one story or two?

Antiquity 84, No. 323 (March 2010): 202–215.

Good archaeology relies on ever more precise dates – obtainable, notably, from ice-cores and dendrochronology. These each provide year-by-year sequences, but they must be anchored at some point to real historical time, by a documented volcanic eruption, for example. But what if the dating methods don't agree?

The Prehistoric Stones of Greece: a resource of archaeological surveys and sites

Antiquity 84, No. 323 (March 2010): online article.

The Prehistoric Stones of Greece (SOG) project began in 2005. Our main focus was chipped stone dated to the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods, but the project required us to collate for the first time in a standardised way, all the archaeological field surveys undertaken in Greece and the findspots and sites located. Published and unpublished sources were assembled, the latter including a variety of materials supplied by survey directors such as project daily record sheets, annotated maps and notebooks. The whole database is now publically available online.

Reconstructing Late Bronze Age diet in mainland Greece using stable isotope analysis

Journal of Archaeological Science 37.3 (March 2010): 614-620.

The Late Bronze Age is a period of great importance in prehistoric Greece, due to the rise of the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations. Settlements, palatial complexes and cemeteries have been excavated whilst a plethora of findings among which wall paintings and artifacts provided a large amount of information regarding the period.

A provenance study of Mycenaean pottery from Northern Israel

Journal of Archaeological Science 37.2 (February 2010): 409-416.

The occurrence of imported Mycenaean pottery in the Late Bronze Age southern Levant is one of the most conspicuous aspects of Eastern Mediterranean trade connections during this period. A group of 183 Mycenaean pottery vessels from 14 sites in northern Israel, from both coastal and inland settlement contexts were analyzed by Neutron Activation Analysis.

Wild nature? Human–animal relations on Neopalatial Crete

Cambridge Archaeological Journal 20.1 (February 2010): 109–127.

The Neopalatial period of Middle to Late Bronze Age Crete is marked by a dramatic increase in the depiction of non-human animals. In contrast to the domesticates listed in the Linear A documents, the animals which appear on frescoes and seals are largely wild or supernatural, or in non-domestic scenes (particularly bull-leaping).

Hearsay about the “Keros Hoard”

American Journal of Archaeology 114 (January 2010): 181-185.

The authors present new oral testimony on the illicit excavations at Dhaskalio Kavos, on Keros

Identifying the geochemical taphonomy of the osteological material from Katsambas rockshelter

Journal of Archaeological Science 37.1 (January 2010): 116-123.

We report analytical work undertaken in order to identify the geochemical taphonomy of the osteological collection (human and animal bones) recovered from a 1950s excavation at Katsambas, a small cavity in the marly limestone on the west bank of Kairatos River, Crete.

The double-axe: A contextual approach to the understanding of a Cretan symbol in the Neopalatial period

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 29 (February 2010): 35-55.

The Double-Axe has always been considered as one of the most important religious symbols in Minoan Crete. This paper reassesses the significance of the Double-Axe and puts forward a new interpretation for it. It recognizes the great potential for change in symbolic meanings during the Bronze Age and seeks to understand the Double-Axe in as narrow a period as is realistically possible by filtering out evidence from other periods. Central to the argument is the principle that the meaning of symbols is contextually dependent.

Agency matters: Seal-users in Pylian administration

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 29 (February 2010): 57-88.

This study aims to provide insights into the patterns discernible in the Pylian sealing practices with regard to the identity of the seal-owners involved. The focus is on reassessing the problem of the function of glyptic imagery and on testing the working hypothesis that differences in the subject matter of the seal devices used to produce the seal impressions may have reflected the hierarchical status of the Pylian seal-owners.