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ARTICLES | 2010

Iklaina archaeological project 2010 season. Internet report

Online article

The fourth excavation season of the Iklaina project took place for six weeks from May 28 to July 10, 2010. Excavation progressed in two areas: the Cyclopean Terrace and its adjacent buildings (South Sector) and the area of Megaron Γ (North Sector). The total surface under excavation is 2100 sq. m.

New light on the Ship Fresco from Late Bronze Age Thera

Praehistorische Zeitschrift 85.2 (2010): 243-257.

The wall paintings from the ancient town of Akrotiri on the island of Thera, part of the Santorini island group, are among the most precious and well-preserved artworks of Late Bronze Age Aegean. The West House at Akrotiri has yielded a miniature fresco frieze depicting ships sailing from one harbour to another.

La direzione di Doro Levi

Annuario della Scuola Archeologica di Atene e delle Missioni Italiane in Oriente LXXXVII (2009) [2010]: 105-115.

Based also on personal experience, we try to sketch the complex figure of Director Levi, “restorer” of the School after its unfortunate closure during the Second World War. In particu­lar, we stress the personality of the man, the organizer, the person who accomplishes things, and the teacher.

The Excavation of Chrysokamino-Chomatas: A Preliminary Report

Hesperia 79.4 (2010): 465-498.

Excavations in 1996 and 1997 at Chrysokamino-Chomatas, a site near the Chrysokamino metallurgy workshop in East Crete, revealed two architectural phases from the Late Minoan period in addition to earlier (pre-LM IB) and later (post–Bronze Age) remains. The first architectural phase, destroyed in LM IB-Final, consisted of the poorly preserved walls of a single isolated building.

Wine and olive oil from an Early Minoan I hilltop fort

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 10.2 (2010): 15-23.

Aphrodite’s Kephali is a small hilltop site in Eastern Crete. Its pottery indicates that it was inhabited during Early Minoan I (EM I), ca. 3200–2700 B.C. The fortified site has a considerable amount of storage, including nine pithoi. The analysis by gas chromatography of sherds from the site indicates that vessels contained olive oil and wine.

Practicing Identity: A Crafty Ideal?

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 10.2 (2010): 25-43.

This paper focuses on the materialization of technological practices as a form of identity expression. Contextual analyses of a Mycenaean workshop area in the Late Bronze Age citadel of Tiryns (Argolis, Greece) are presented to investigate the interaction of different artisans under changing socio‐political and economic circumstances.

Shells from Sarepta (Lebanon) and East Mediterranean purple-dye production

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 10.1 (2010): 113-141.

This paper concerns the shells from the 1969-74 excavations at Sarepta (Lebanon) under the direction of the late J.B. Pritchard (University of Pennsylvania). Most of the 500 marine shells, ranging in date from the LB I to Roman/Byzantine, are typical Mediterranean forms.

Isotopic evidence for the primary production, provenance and trade of Late Bronze Age glass in the Mediterranean

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 10.1 (2010): 1-24.

The earliest known man made glass comes from Mesopotamia and dates to the 23rd century BC. By the 16th century BC the first glass vessels appear in Mesopotamia, but the earliest evidence for the fusion of glass from raw materials has been found at the 13th century BC Egyptian site of Qantir.

The Minoan ‘Palace-Temple’ reconsidered: A Critical assessment of the spatial concentration of political, religious and economic power in Bronze Age Crete

Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 23.2 (2010): 219-243.

Although aspects of Arthur Evans’s vision of Minoan society have undergone modification during the course of the 20th century, his basic interpretation of the monumental building complex with courts at Knossos as a Palace-Temple, or the residence of both a political and religious authority, remains the dominant paradigm in Minoan archaeology.

Le cuivre chypriote et la Crète. Les régions d’importation des lingots peau-de-bœuf

Revue archéologique 2010 (n° 1): 47-65.

Since the so-called “copper oxhide ingots” are considered one of the most common forms of raw copper exchange in the Mediterranean Late Bronze Age, the question of their provenance and function has received the attention of scholars. Cyprus has long been considered to be the centre of this international trade, due to the intense extraction which is attested on the island as early as the Early Bronze Age.

New evidence on the religious use of Room 67 at Hala Sultan Tekke. A tribute to Paul Åström

Journal of Prehistoric Religion XXII (2010): 57-61.

In 1988, the archaeological team under the direction of Paul Åström unearthed in Area 8 at Hala Sultan Tekke a building complex consisting of five rooms. Room 67 is the main room of this complex. The complex was interpreted as a sanctuary as its plan is considerable to that of sanctuaries at Kition and Enkomi.

Maternity, children, and ‘Mother Goddesses’ in Minoan iconography

Journal of Prehistoric Religion XXII (2010): 7-38.

This article reconsiders both the presence and role of maternal, kourotrophic, and child-oriented iconography in the Minoan repertoire. Contrary to the received wisdom, the only kourotrophic iconography in Minoan Crete is not a Mycenaean-influenced figural group from Mavrospelio cemetery, but a strongly Egyptianizing plaque from Monastiraki.