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Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

ARTICLES | 2013

Farmers and fishermen “by the fair-flowing lake of Boebe” (in Greek)

Ανάσκαμμα 6 (2013): 49-62.

Lake Karla (Boibeis), located at the southeastern end of the Thessalian plain, is often mentioned by ancient authors and poets, throughout the centuries, due to its constantly changing environmental conditions, resulting from long-term geological changes. In 1962 the lake was drained, leading to the unearthing of an impressive number of archaeological sites, dating from the Early Neolithic to the late Hellenistic Period.

Paleodiet: Stable isotope analyses in archaeology (in Greek)

Ανάσκαμμα 6 (2013): 39-48.

In recent years, Greece has become one of the better-studied regions in terms of isotope analyses. Stable isotopes are analysed in order for an array of questions to be investigated, with diet, migration, environmental reconstructions and exploitation of resources being the most prominent.

The historic content of prehistory (in Greek)

Ανάσκαμμα 6 (2013): 79-92.

The dominant view on Prehistory considers it to be a period of shortages and brutality. It also perceives prehistoric people as living in caves, wearing animal skins and not cutting their hair. As having their bats on their shoulders and, when hungry, devouring each other.

Ancient Greek skulls in the Oxford University Museum, Part II: The Rhousopoulos-Rolleston correspondence

Journal of the History of Collections 25:1 (March 2013): 1-17.

This article examines the purchase of skulls, bones and a few archaeological objects by George Rolleston (1829-81), Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Oxford, from Athanasios Rhousopoulos (1823-98), major collector, art dealer and Professor in the University of Athens.

Ένας ευρωπαϊκός πολιτισμός στη Μινωική Κρήτη κατά την Eποχή του Xαλκού

Αρχεία Ελληνικής Ιατρικής 30:4 (2013): 456-466.

Ο πρώτος προηγμένος ευρωπαϊκός πολιτισμός της Εποχής του Χαλκού εγκαθιδρύθηκε περίπου 5.000 χρόνια πριν από τους Μινωίτες. Από τότε που ο Sir Arthur Evans αποκάλυψε το μινωικό αστικό κέντρο της Κνωσού, οι αρχαιολόγοι κάνουν εικασίες σχετικά με την καταγωγή των ιδρυτών του εν λόγω πολιτισμού. Ο ίδιος ο Evans εισηγήθηκε ότι οι Μινωίτες έλκουν την καταγωγή τους από τη βόρεια Αφρική, ενώ από άλλους έχει προταθεί καταγωγή από τη Μικρά Ασία και τη Μέση Ανατολή, καθώς επίσης κυκλαδίτικη και βαλκανική καταγωγή

The Nordic razor and the Mycenaean lifestyle

Antiquity 87:336 (June 2013): 461-472.

The bronze razor with the horse-head handle appeared in Scandinavia in the fifteenth century BC. Where did it come from and what did it mean? The author shows that the razor had some antecedents in the Aegean, although none of these objects were imported to the north.

New evidence on the beginning of farming in Greece: the Early Neolithic settlement of Mavropigi in western Macedonia (Greece)

Antiquity 87:336 (June 2013): Project Gallery.

The fertile plains of central and western Macedonia are of key importance for early Greek prehistory, and Nea Nikomedeia, dated to the end of the seventh millennium BC, has long been considered one of the earliest farming settlements in Europe.

Modern Dance and the Seduction of Minoan Crete

in M. G Morcillo & S. Knippschild (eds), Seduction and Power: Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts, London/New York 2013, 35-55.

Since the first decade of the twentieth century, the material culture of Minoan Crete has been a rich source of inspiration for modern writers and artists, as various articles and books on this subject testify.

Material versus Design. A Transcultural Approach to the Two Contrasting Properties of Things

Transcultural Studies 2013 (1): 47-79.

In the pre-globalization era, foreign objects acquired high social value due to their exotic character, relative inaccessibility, and distant origin. However, a closer look at the factors involved in the creation of their captivating aura reveals that their dislocation into a new cultural context affected the perception and appreciation of their material and design in substantially different ways.

Environmental Roots of the Late Bronze Age Crisis

PLoS ONE 8(8) 2013: e71004.

The Late Bronze Age world of the Eastern Mediterranean, a rich linkage of Aegean, Egyptian, Syro-Palestinian, and Hittite civilizations, collapsed famously 3200 years ago and has remained one of the mysteries of the ancient world since the event’s retrieval began in the late 19th century AD/CE.

Trading, the Longboat, and Cultural Interaction in the Aegean During the Late Fourth Millennium B.C.E.: The View from Kephala Petras, East Crete

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 353-381.

Currently, long-distance trading, gateway communities, and the longboat are understood to have emerged in the Aegean during Early Bronze (EB) IB/IIA. This longboat-trading model envisages an essentially static configuration of trading communities situated at nodal points in maritime networks of interaction, an arrangement that was brought to an end, by the beginning of EB III, with the introduction of the masted sailing ship.