Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


Review of A. B. Knapp, 2018. Seafaring and Seafarers in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean, Leiden: Sidestone Press.

In his book Seafaring and Seafarers in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean Knapp deals with seafaring in 7 chapters. Preface and acknowledgements precede (p. 11-12) and then follows the list of illustrations. In the preface, Knapp expresses his gratitude to some scholars for their comments and/or unpublished material and the drawings of illustrations. The e-book version is free of charge. The list of the illustrations consists of maps (maps 1-5), figures (figure 1-51), tables (tables 1-5). The maps precede the first chapter in the book.

Review of Nicoletta Momigliano & Alexandre Farnoux (eds), 2017. Cretomania. Modern Desires for the Minoan Past [BSA – Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies vol. 3], London & New York: Routledge & École française d’Athènes

This fascinating and richly illustrated book discusses the phenomenon of the modern reception of what we call the Minoan culture in various artistic media, from the moment of the great discovery of Minoan Crete in 1900, to the first decade of the 21st century. The volume explores a range of socio-cultural effects that Minoan Crete has had on contemporary arts and culture, such as architecture, design, fashion, dance, new religious movements, literature, etc., as well as the dynamics of modern responses to big archaeological discoveries and reconstructions.

Review of Giorgos Rethemiotakis & Peter M. Warren, 2014. Knossos: A Middle Minoan III Building in Bougada Metochi [BSA Studies 23], London: British School at Athens.

This valuable and richly illustrated volume is the report of the excavations conducted by Giorgos Rethemiotakis and Eva Grammatikaki in 1993 and 1995 at the Vlachakis Plot situated in the modern village of Knossos–Bougadha Metochi in the western part of the Bronze Age site of Knossos, a hundred metres or so south of the Little Palace (preliminary report in Warren 2013).

Review of Giulia Dionisio, Anna Margherita Jasink & Judith Weingarten, 2014. Minoan Cushion Seals, Innovation in Form, Style and Use in Bronze Age Glyptic [Studia Archaeologica 196, Vicino Oriente 2], Roma: «LʼERMA» di Bretschneider.

This monograph by three authors is devoted to the study of Minoan seals of a certain shape, namely the cushion seals. In the title, cushion seals are described as expressions of innovation in form, style and use in the glyptic landscape of the Aegean Bronze Age. A preface precedes an introduction to the topic, while eight chapters constitute the main part of the treatise. The latter is followed by two concordances, two appendices, an illustrated catalogue of the material studied and references.

Review of Carl Knappett & Tim Cunningham, 2012. Palaikastro Block M. The Proto- and Neopalatial Town, London: The British School at Athens.

This book presents the results of the excavation at Block M, Palaikastro – an area that has significantly contributed to the understanding of this important East-Cretan town during the Protopalatial and the early Neopalatial period. Block M was investigated in the 1990s and in 2003, when it was referred to as Area 6; this book reintroduces the designation used by the first excavators of the site in the 1900s.

Review of Shelly Wachsmann, 2013. The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context, College Station: Texas A&M University Press.

This study focuses on the biography of the Gurob ship-cart model. It is about a wooden model of a ship-chart excavated by W. M. F. Petrie in 1920 in a 19th Dynasty tomb at Gyrob in the Fayum oasis in Middle Egypt. Exhibited at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology this unique object has never been the focal point of adequate and in-depth research.

Review of Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw & Eleni Stefanou (eds), 2012. From Archaeology to Archaeologies: the “Other” Past [BAR International Series 2409], Oxford: Archaeopress.

The so-called “fringe” or “alternative” archaeology includes numerous and complex tendencies (pseudoarchaeology, contemporary paganism, conspiracy theories, extraterrestrial life and lost civilization theories, religious fundamentalism and nationalist approaches). The common element in all of them is the deliberate disapproval of the scientific methods of investigation and, commonly, their formation outside the academic archaeological community.

Review of Thomas M. Brogan & Erik Hallager (eds), 2011. LM IB Pottery: Relative Chronology and Regional Differences. Acts of a Workshop Held at the Danish Institute at Athens in Collaboration with the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete, 27-29 June 2007, Athens: The Danish Institute at Athens.

Destructions and abandonments are key components of the archaeological record as they furnish primary deposits for relative chronologies, the tools for reconstructing life in the past, and occasionally, especially in times when the written record cannot provide help, evidence for writing “political” history. The Late Minoan IB period (hereafter, LM IB) is a prime example of a period rife with the complexities inherent in this kind of exercise.

Review of Andonis Vasilakis & Keith Branigan, 2010. Moni Odigitria. a Prepalatial Cemetery and Its Environs in the Asterousia, Southern Crete [Prehistory Monographs 30], Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press.

Για να γίνει κατανοητή η σημασία της τελικής δημοσίευσης της ανασκαφής του μινωικού νεκροταφείου στη Μονή Οδηγήτρια που παρουσιάζεται εδώ, είναι απαραίτητη μία σύντομη αναφορά στην ιστορία της έρευνας. Η ανασκαφή στην εν λόγω θέση της νότιας κεντρικής Κρήτης διεξήχθηκε από αρχαιολόγους της ΚΓ΄ Εφορείας Προϊστορικών και Κλασικων Αρχαιοτήτων κάτω από την αφόρητη πίεση των επανειλημμένων λαθρανασκαφών κατά τα έτη 1979 και 1980. Εξαιτίας αυτών, αναμοχλεύθηκαν σχεδόν εξολοκλήρου οι δύο θόλοι του νεκροταφείου.

Review of Peter Pavúk & Barbara Horejs, 2012. Mittel- und Spätbronzezeitliche Keramik Griechenlands, Sammlung Fritz Schachermeyr, edited by Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy (Faszikel III), Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

This synthetic work presented by Peter Pavúk and Barbara Horejs covers a large part of Mainland Greece and focuses on the Middle and Late Bronze Ages. The book is divided into an introduction and six chapters, followed by a summary in English.

Review of Gary Beckman, Trevor Bryce & Eric H. Cline, 2011. The Ahhiyawa texts. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.

Η έκδοση αυτή αποτελεί μια ολοκληρωμένη απόπειρα καταγραφής και σχολιασμού όλων των κειμένων –28 συνολικά– που αναφέρονται στους Ahhiyawa, τον μυστηριώδη λαό για τον οποίο γίνεται λόγος στα γραπτά των Χετταίων. Οι τρεις συγγραφείς αποτελούν ίσως τους βαθύτερους γνώστες σε θέματα που άπτονται των σχέσεων Αιγαίου και Μικράς Ασίας κατά την Ύστερη Εποχή του Χαλκού: ο Beckman στην ανάλυση κειμένων και φιλολογικών πηγών, ο Bryce στην ερμηνεία ιστορικών γεγονότων και ο Cline στη διαχείριση των αρχαιολογικών δεδομένων.

Review of Georgia Kourtessi-Philippakis & René Treuil (eds), 2011. Archéologie du territoire, de l’ Égée au Sahara. Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne.

Ο τόμος αυτός περιλαμβάνει τις εισηγήσεις ενός ερευνητικού σεμιναρίου, το οποίο πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Πανεπιστήμιο Paris 1 και ήταν αφιερωμένο στην έννοια του χώρου επικράτειας, που τα τελευταία χρόνια αποτελεί αντικείμενο σκέψης και προβληματισμού πολλών αρχαιολόγων οι οποίοι εργάζονται σε διαφορετικές χρονολογικές περιόδους.