Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


Alcune osservazioni sulla formula di libagione minoica

Pasiphae. Rivista di filologia e antichità egee VI (2012): 207-227.

La cosiddetta formula di libagione minoica, nota anche come formula di Arkhanes, rappresenta la migliore possibilità oggi a disposizione degli studiosi per indagare i misteri della lingua cretese ; essa, contrariamente a quanto avviene per i testi incisi sulle tavolette d’argilla, non solo costituisce con ogni probabilità una frase completa e articolata sintatticamente, ma soprattutto si lega a una sfera ben precisa, quella sacrale

Wool-spinning, bronze-working and the peculiarities of Mycenaean ta-ra-si-ja

Pasiphae. Rivista di filologia e antichità egee VI (2012): 185-194.

From the introduction

It is by now well-established that the hypothesis that the Mycenaean term ta-ra-si-ja /tala(n)-sia/ indicates a production directly organized by the central administration for the supply of a certain quantity of raw materials weighed (wool and bronze) to be processed into finished products which would then be returned to the Palace. The term is attested in Pylos,

Linear B wo-wo/wo-wi-ja

Pasiphae. Rivista di filologia e antichità egee VI (2012): 117-183.

In the present article I test the prevailing translation of Linear B Greek wo-wo and wo-wi-ja as ‘border’, ‘limit’ or sometimes ‘boundary stone(s)’, words thought to be cognate with alphabetic Greek (h)óros, (h)órion and dialectal reflexes thereof, and I offer an alternative translation, one I think is more satisfactory for many reasons.

Landholding at pa-ki-ja-na: toward spatial modeling of Mycenaean agricultural estates

Pasiphae. Rivista di filologia e antichità egee VI (2012): 59-115.

Over fifty ago, E. L. Bennett, Jr., published “The Landholders of Pylos” in the American Journal of Archaeology. It may be among the most important studies of Linear B landholding texts published since Michael Ventris’s decipherment of this script in 1952.

Les inscriptions en linéaire B découvertes dans la “Maison de Petsas” à Mycènes

Pasiphae. Rivista di filologia e antichità egee VI (2012): 47-57.

Le complexe architectural dénommé Maison de Petsas du nom du jeune archéologue qui a collaboré aux fouilles que le Dr. Ioannis Papademetriou, éphore local des Antiquités, dirigeait pour le compte de la Société Archéologique d’Athènes, a été exploré en 1950 et 1951.

I censimenti ovini (classe D-) e la cronologia degli archivi di Cnosso

Pasiphae. Rivista di filologia e antichità egee VI (2012): 11-45.

Nel 1990 J. Driessen, dimostrando che le tavolette del deposito della Room of the Chariot Ta­blets (d’ora in poi RCT) di Cnosso dovevano considerarsi più antiche del resto dell’archivio, provò che l’ipotesi della sua unità, generalmente accolta, non era più ammissibile.

Ancient Greek skulls in the Oxford University Museum, Part I: George Rolleston, Oxford and the formation of the human skulls collection

Journal of the History of Collections 24:1 (March 2012): 89-104.

This article looks at the role of George Rolleston (1829-81), the first Anatomy and Physiology Professor at Oxford, in forming an impressive collection of crania and in bringing closer together archaeology and physical anthropology in a professional, systematic and specialized way.

The Participation of Children in Mycenaean Cult

Childhood in the Past: An International Journal 5:1 (December 2012): 35-50.

The aim of this paper is to examine the participation of children in the performance of Mycenaean cult. The involvement of children in the performance of religious rites during the Mycenaean period is indicated exclusively by iconographic representations.

Material input rates and dietary breadth during the Upper Paleolithic through Mesolithic at Franchthi and Klissoura 1 Caves (Peloponnese, Greece)

Quaternary International 275 (October 2012): 30-42.

Two deeply stratified cave sites in southern Greece show how the relations between material input rates and human prey choice may reflect local site function and regional food supply effects simultaneously. The Upper Paleolithic through Mesolithic faunas at Klissoura Cave 1 and Franchthi Cave on the Argolid Peninsula (Peloponnese) provide clear evidence of diet expansion with time, based on increasing use of costly small animals.

Performing the Practice Turn in Archaeology

Transcultural Studies 2012 (1): 7-42.

Are we still living in the era of postmodern archaeology? The paradigmatic shift from processual to post-processual archaeology took place in the early 1980s—at least in the Anglophone archaeological community.

Οι αρχαιολογικές έρευνες στον Άγιο Βασίλειο στο Ξηροκάμπι

Φάρις Δ΄ 56 (Ιούλιος 2012): 3-7.

Σε μικρή απόσταση ανατολικά από το Ξηροκάμπι και επί του δρόμου προς αυτό βρίσκεται ο αρχαιολογικός χώρος του Αγίου Βασιλείου. Αν και γνωστός στη βιβλιογραφία και κηρυγμένος από τη δεκαετία του ’60, ο χώρος αυτός δεν είχε, μέχρι πρόσφατα, ερευνηθεί ανασκαφικά.

A New Astronomical Dating of Odysseus’ Return to Ithaca

Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 12.1 (2012): 117-128.

The annular solar eclipse, of 30 October 1207 B.C. (Julian Day-JD 1280869), calculated by NASA together with the analysis of the weather’s and the environment’s description (long nights, plants, animals and peoples’ habits) and the astronomical data (guiding constellations and Venus in the east horizon) mentioned by Homer in the epic, constitute an autumn return of Odysseus to Ithaca five days before the above characterized day.

The Trojan War Dated by Two Solar Eclipses

Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 12.1 (2012): 63-76.

The Trojan War was very significant for the ancient Greeks and they dated historical events according to the number of years after the fall of Troy. However, there was already in antiquity no consensus as to the exact date of the war when compared with different epochs. Even after the modern discovery of the ancient city, there has been disagreement among different excavators as to which layer corresponds to the city mentioned in the Iliad attributed to Homer.