Tells famously capture the historical sequences of the earliest farmers—but digging them is not easy. With a depth of strata of 17m at Dikili Tash, the earliest occupation was out of reach of a trench.
John Bintliffin Georg Kalaitzoglou & Gundula Lüdorf (eds), 2013. PETASOS, Festschrift für Hans Lohmann (Padeborn: Wilhelm Fink & Ferdinand Schöningh): 111-118.
Hans Lohmann has been an immense inspiration for everyone who wishes to reconstruct the ancient landscapes of Greece and Turkey, with his pioneering explorations of rural Attica and the country hinterland of ancient Miletus.
John Bennetin Fibiger Bang, P. & Scheidel, W. (eds), 2013. The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near east and Mediterranean, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 235-258.
There are two episodes of state formation in the prehistoric Aegean, one at the beginning, the other in the middle of the second millennium BCE. The first states are associated with the appearance of complex structures conventionally called "palaces" on the island of Crete shortly after 2000 BCE (the MM IB phase);
Yannis GalanakisAmerican Journal of Archaeology 117:2 (April 2013): 181-205.
Amorgos is widely known for its Early Cycladic antiquities, which now predominantly adorn private collections and numerous museums outside Greece. Some of the finest Cycladica associated with the island emerged before the first systematic excavations were conducted in 1894 by Christos Tsountas.
Simon Jusseret & Manuel SintubinSeismological Research Letters 84:1 (2013): 94-100.
In the history of earthquake archeology in the Mediterranean region, the names of Sir Arthur Evans (1851–1941) and Claude Schaeffer (1898–1982) have become intimately related to the formative stages of the discipline through their association with pioneering theories regarding the effects of earthquakes on ancient societies.
David Frankel & Jennifer M. WebbAmerican Journal of Archaeology 117.1 (January 2013): 59-81.
The homogeneous material culture that is characteristic of the earliest phase of the Cypriot Bronze Age (the Philia phase) broke down ca. 2300–2250 B.C.E. This change was prompted by the collapse of the eastern Mediterranean systems of interaction that provided the framework for the distribution of copper from Cyprus and in turn underpinned internal social and economic networks.
Erika Weiberg & Martin Finné American Journal of Archaeology 117.1 (January 2013): 1-31.
The centuries surrounding 2200 B.C.E. (the year commonly used to mark the transition between the second and third phases of the Early Bronze Age) were transformative times in the Aegean. At some locations, development continued and accelerated; in many places, however, several societal characteristics and supraregional traits seem to have been abandoned.