Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


Minoan Halls: A Syntactical Genealogy

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 303-351.

The tripartite room labeled a Minoan hall is probably the most emblematic architectural feature of the Neopalatial period in Bronze Age Crete (1700/1675–1470/1460 B.C.E.). Although this spatial arrangement stands out as an exceptional accomplishment because of its elaborate layout, fine materials, and innovative properties, its function is still somewhat enigmatic.

Reenvisioning Ancient Economies: Beyond Typological Constructs

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 453–459 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

To date, most scholarly perspectives on ancient economies have been mischaracterized in part through a reliance on dichotomous frameworks (e.g., primitivist/modern, embedded/free) that draw false qualitative distinctions between past and more contemporary economic systems.

Economic Interplay Among Households and States

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 447–452 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

This Forum has made progress on both its stated research themes: control of craft production and the newer topic of markets. My comments take up the issues of household economy, state control, and markets. First, I discuss developments at the second-order center of Nichoria, which show both independent activity and the effect of incorporation into the state of Pylos.

Exchanging the Mycenaean Economy

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 437–445 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

This article examines the palatial and nonpalatial organization of craft production and exchange in the Late Bronze Age Argolid. The Late Bronze Age elites controlled markers of status and prestige, which were institutionalized in palatial control of the production and consumption of prestige goods.

The Palace of Nestor, Craft Production, and Mechanisms for the Transfer of Goods

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 423–427 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

Market exchange formed one aspect of a complex, mixed economy integrated into the political structures of Mycenaean Pylos. Palatial elites used a variety of strategies to obtain goods and services, and different individuals who represented a single craft often worked in different modes of production, as can be demonstrated for both the ceramic and the textile industries.

The New Political Economy of Nichoria: Using Intrasite Distributional Data to Investigate Regional Institutions

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 429–436 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

Regional authority in Mycenaean Greece should be reconstructed using excavation data from both palatial centers and hinterland communities. Economic information is the first line of inquiry into this subject because of the presence of the Linear B tablets and the tangible quality of material production in the archaeological record.

Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece. Introduction

American Journal of Archaeology 117.3 (2013): 413–422 (Online Forum - Crafts, Specialists, and Markets in Mycenaean Greece)

Past models of Mycenaean political economies have overemphasized the role of redistribution, thereby discouraging research into other modes of exchange. New perspectives have effectively questioned the hypothesis that palatial control over the economy was absolute, however.

Ancient pests: the season of the Santorini Minoan volcanic eruption and a date from insect chitin

Naturwissenschaften 100:7 (July 2013): 683-689.

Attributing a season and a date to the volcanic eruption of Santorini in the Aegean has become possible by using preserved remains of the bean weevil, Bruchus rufipes, pests of pulses, from the storage jars of the West House, in the Bronze Age settlement at Akrotiri.

A Minoan Eclipse Calculator

Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 13.1 (2013): 265-275.

A stone die of the Minoan period, discovered near Palaikastro in Crete, Greece, in 1899, was selected for this study as bearer of astronomical significance.

Faunal remains from Early Helladic II Lerna (Argolid, Greece)

Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 13:1 (2013): 289-320.

Recent analysis of preserved fauna from the 1952-58 excavations at Lerna stored in Argos and Stockholm allows us to reexamine the fauna published in 1969 by the late Prof. Nils-Gustaf Gejvall as the first of the Lerna final reports.

‘Šrdn from the Sea’: The Arrival, Integration, and Acculturation of a ‘Sea People’

Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5:1 (March 2013): 14-27.

Despite a broad temporal presence in Egyptian records, the association of the Sherden with another ‘Sea Peoples’ group – the better known and archaeologically-attested Philistines – has led to several assumptions about this people, their culture, and the role they played in the various societies of which they may have been a part.

East meets West: the Middle Pleistocene site of Rodafnidia on Lesvos, Greece

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

This paper introduces a new inter-disciplinary and international research project focused on the Palaeolithic site of Rodafnidia on the Greek island of Lesvos, located in the north-eastern Aegean Sea. Rodafnidia, near the village of Lisvori, is less than a kilometre away from the south-western shore of the large Kalloni Gulf.

A European population in Minoan Bronze Age Crete

Nature Communications 4, 14 May 2013

The first advanced Bronze Age civilization of Europe was established by the Minoans about 5,000 years before present. Since Sir Arthur Evans exposed the Minoan civic centre of Knossos, archaeologists have speculated on the origin of the founders of the civilization.