Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


Aspects of cult in early Thermos

Αρχαιολογική Εφημερίς 149 (2010): 1-60

In the heart of Aetolia, a wide mountain plain stretches out at the northeast of Lake Trichonis. At its eastern edge, on the verge of the Megalakkos height lies the site of Thermos. Thermos is known in history as a religious and political centre of the Aetolian League, an outcome of processes going back centuries.

14C Dating of the Early to Late Bronze Age Stratigraphic Sequence of Aegina Kolonna, Greece

In M.B.H. Breese, L.E. Rehn & C. Trautmann (eds), Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Rome, Italy, September 14-19, 2008, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 268 (2010): 1013-1021.

Aegina Kolonna, located in the center of the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Mediterranean (Greece), is one of the major archaeological sites of the Aegean Bronze Age with a continuous stratigraphic settlement sequence from the Late Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age.

Socializing Geoarchaeology: Insights from Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice Applied to Neolithic and Bronze Age Crete

Geoarchaeology 25 (2010): 675-708.

Because the history of human life is about ways of inhabiting the world, geoarchaeology should play a central role in the archaeological program and cannot be reduced to a mere subspecialty of archaeology with its own autonomous theories and concerns. Hence there is a pressing need for theorizing; geoarchaeology cannot ignore nearly five decades of theoretical debates in archaeology.

Dodecanese – Italy – Europe. Rediscovering some long known objects

Annuario della Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene LXXXVII (2010): 157-168.

One the most conspicuous innovations marking the end of the Late Bronze Age (LH IIIB late-IIIC) in the Aegean is the sudden appearance and growing popularity of bronze objects of Italian/European origin and/or influence.

Les cultes du Ptoion dans les tablettes en lineaire B de Thèbes

Annuario della Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene LXXXVII (2010): 209-214.

L’ École Française d’ Athènes a fouillé deux sanctuaires du Ier millenaire sur le Ptoion : le sanctuaire du héros Ptoios situé sur la butte de la colline de Kastraki pres de Karditza, à quelque 2 km de la ville d’Akraiphia, fouillé par P. Guillon. et le sanctuaire d’Apollon Ptoios au lieu dit Perdikovrysi (nom qui en grec moderne signifie ‘source des perdrix’), à 1500 m de distance de l’héroon, fouillé par M. Holleaux.

That special atmosphere outside of national boundaries”: Three Jewish directors and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Annuario della Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene LXXXVII (2010): 133-145.

By the start of WWII, members of ASCSA had long been committed to public service in Greece, especially as it concerned the needs of refugees and the victims of disasters. In 1918-1919, Edward Capps, professor of Classics at Princeton University and newly elected Chair of the Managing Committee of ASCSA, took temporary leave from the latter post to lead a Red Cross mission to Greece.

The Swedish fieldwork at Dendra and Midea

Annuario della Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene LXXXVII (2010): 147-155.

It all started in 1926 when Axel W. Persson and Otto Frodin conducted excavations at Asine. The Asine excavations had been initiated by the Crown Prince of Sweden, Gustaf Adolf, who visited the site in 1920 and was taken in by the beautiful setting. At the time, French archaeologists had already done preliminary work here.

The chronology of Greek bronze tripods of the geometric type and the possibilities of a political-historical interpretation of the find distribution

Archäologischer Anzeiger 2010/1: 91-104.

Bronze tripods were particularly suitable as a means of formulating social status since they were one of the most prestigious types of movable items and because of their character as a exchange item with a value easy to assess. Offerings of bronze tripods occur by no means in all (Proto-)Geometric sanctuaries but only in a few selected ones, and there often in abundance.

The roots of the Cretan Polis. Surface evidence for the history of large settlements in central Crete

Archäologischer Anzeiger 2010/1: 13-89.

Classical Cretan states are known to have had an unusual and distinctive character, contrasting markedly with that of their central Greek peers. Yet the histories of the latter have tended to dominate our understanding of the polis form. The factors contributing to this difference, and to the whole process of state emergence in Early Iron Age-Archaic Crete, have not been much analysed, restricting our understanding of the origins of the earliest consensualist political structures.

An ivory rod with a cuneiform inscription, most probably Ugaritic, from a Final Palatial workshop in the lower citadel of Tiryns

Archäologischer Anzeiger 2010/2: 1-22.

The subject of this contribution is the fragment of an ivory rod with six cuneiform signs that was found in 2002. The rod came to light in a destruction layer dating to LH III B Final within a workshop for skilled crafting inside Building XI which is situated in the northernmost part of the Lower Citadel of Tiryns.

The Reception of the «Minoans» in the Modern Art of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo

Creta Antica 11 (2010): 279-299.

This paper deals with the Minoan inspired motifs in the textile production, mostly scarves and wall-hangings, of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, known as «Knossos scarves» and dated between 1906 and 1930. Fortuny's textile creations are examples of conscious reception of Minoan art, as his unpublished notes and some of his sketches have revealed: he wrote some notes about his purpose to print Minoan motifs, as well as he reproduced many sketches of Minoan decorative motifs, declaring his main sources of inspiration.

A wall bracket from Phaistos

Creta Antica 11 (2010): 159-172.

The article discusses the wall bracket found at Phaistos by Luigi Pernier. The object was dated to historical time and published by the excavator without proper description together with other prehistoric vessels. Wall brackets are extremely rare in Greece;

Lineare B ki-ta-no e l΄industria tessile a Knossos in età micenea

Creta Antica 11 (2010): 147-157

Τhe interpretation of the Linear B term ki-ta-no, which is uniquely attested in the tablets belonging to the set Ga(5) at Knossos, has been much debated since the decipher­ment of Linear B and is still contentious. In this paper, the texts registering this term are analyzed anew and their major peculiarities are highlighted.

‘Rhytoid’ Digressions from the Mesara

Creta Antica 11 (2010): 23-44.

This paper focuses on some rhyta from Phaistos, Ayia Triada and Kommos, which date mainly to the MM III period. After a brief review aimed at clarifying some major typo­logical and functional issues of this category of evidence, the various types identified in the three sites are contrasted with one other with the aim of identifying meaningful patterns in their geographic and chronological distribution.