Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2014

Prehistoric Copper Mining in Europe 5500-500 BC

Oxford 2014

Prehistoric Copper Mining in Europe 5500-500 BC This volume examines prehistoric copper mining in Europe, from the first use of the metal eight thousand years ago in the Balkans to its widespread adoption during the Bronze Age. The history of research is examined, as is the survival of this mining archaeology in different geological settings.

Transformers Energize! Aegean Bronze Age rhyta in moments of transformation

In A. Bokern & C. Rowan (eds), Embodying Value? The Transformation of Objects in and from the Ancient World (Oxford 2014): 35-51

This paper examines the well-known Bronze Age Aegean vessel type of rhyta as agents of transfer and transformation. A series of ‘moments’ presents the variety of contexts in which rhyta occur, including as transformers of content, as part of ritual processes and geographical movements.

Mycenaean and Cypriot pottery from Gurob in the Manchester Museum collection: a test of trade network theories for the New Kingdom Fayum

Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 6.2 (June 2014), 10-22

This paper presents an analysis of Late Bronze Age Mycenaean and Cypriot pottery unearthed in Gurob (Fayum, Egypt) during the archaeological campaigns held at the site between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and currently housed in the Manchester Museum.

Tenos in the Prehistoric Era


Η υποδοχή του βιβλίου από το αναγνωστικό κοινό της Τήνου και από ενδιαφερόμενους ειδικούς επιστήμονες και Βιβλιοθήκες πολύ σύντομα εξάντλησαν την πρώτη έκδοση του παρόντος.

Μυκήνες 1954. Το καταμεσήμερο


Ο φωτογραφικός φακός του Ρόμπερτ ΜακΚέημπ, μετά την ευαίσθητη αποτύπωση της ζωής της ελληνικής υπαίθρου και της καθημερινότητας των κατοίκων αυτού του τόπου, συνοδεύει εδώ τους αφοσιωμένους αρχαιολόγους μαζί με τους ανθρώπους του μόχθου της ανασκαφής των Μυκηνών, στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του ’50.

Berit Wells in Memoriam

Opuscula 7 (2014), 150-152

The following section honours our colleague, teacher, and friend, Berit Wells. The contributions were originally to be included in a Festschrift, which we wished to present to Berit on her 67th birthday. Sadly, Berit lost her battle against cancer before we could finish the volume.

Dairy Queen. Churns and milk products in the Aegean Bronze Age

Opuscula 7 (2014), 205-222

This article assembles examples of an unusual vessel found in domestic contexts of the Early Bronze Age around the Aegean and in che East-ern Mediterranean. Identified as a “barrel vessel” by the excavators of Troy, Lesbos (Thermi), Lemnos (Poliochni), and various sites in the Chalkidike, the shape finds its best parallels in containers identified as churns in the Chalcolithic Levant, and related vessels from the Eneolithic Balkans.

A note on domestic vs communal grain storage in the Early Helladic period

Opuscula 7 (2014), 223-239

This paper sets out to propose an alternative model of economic management at settlements of Early Helladic I-II date, where evidence of socioeconomic hierarchies is not prominent in the archaeological material. It is suggested here that the remains of certain original structures within the boundaries of settlements were once granaries which served the whole community.

The Middle-Late Neolithic transition at Kouphovono

Annual of the British School at Athens 109 (2014), 65-95

The site of Kouphovouno, just south of Sparta, is one of the main Neolithic sites in Laconia. It was first settled in the Middle Neolithic period and developed into a large village with remains occupying some 4–5 hectares. A joint team from the British School at Athens and the Ecole française d'Athènes carried out excavations at the site in 2001–6.

A newly discovered Minoan faience plaque from the Knossos town mosaic in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery: A technological insight

Annual of the British School at Athens 109 (2014), 97-110

This article presents the curatorial context of a newly discovered fragment of Minoan faience, now in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery (BCMAG), and the technological study conducted on this piece at the British Museum. It also discusses the British Museum study of comparable fragments, now in the Ashmolean Museum, belonging to the Town Mosaic from Knossos, an important and unique find brought to light during Sir Arthur Evans's excavations of the ‘Palace of Minos’ at the beginning of the twentieth century.

The practice of bird hunting in the Aegean of the second millennium BC: An investigation

Annual of the British School at Athens 109 (2014), 111-128

Among the hunting scenes that the Aegean iconography of the second millennium bc offers us, representations related to bird hunting seem to be absent. Newer information has emerged, however, from the restoration of the frescoes from Xeste 3 in the Late Cycladic I / Late Minoan IA settlement of Akrotiri on Thera. On the first floor of Xeste 3, a community sanctuary whose function has been connected with initiation rites, the Great Goddess of Nature (the Potnia) was depicted appearing among young crocus gatherers, possibly during a religious festival related to the regeneration of nature.

Finds of the Geometric period in the Mycenaean cemetery at Agios Vasileios, Chalandritsa, Achaea

Annual of the British School at Athens 109 (2014), 129-157

This paper presents evidence for the later (mostly Geometric) use of the Μycenaean cemetery at Agios Vasileios, Chalandritsa, at the eastern side of the Pharai plain, 20 km south-east of Patras. This evidence comprises surface material and a burial in the dromos of Tomb 17 (with a preliminary analysis of the human skeletal remains), plus finds from the tomb chamber, and finds from the chamber of Tomb 24.