Αιγεύς Εταιρεία Αιγαιακής Προϊστορίας

ΑΡΘΡΑ | 2009

Post-collapse: The re-emergence of polity in Iron Age Boğazköy, central Anatolia

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28.3 (August 2009): 275–300.

How communities reorganize after collapse is drawing increasing attention across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Iron Age Boğazköy provides an archaeological case study of urban and political regeneration after the widespread collapse of eastern Mediterranean Late Bronze Age empires in the early twelfth century BC.

Domesticity by default. Ritual, Ritualization and cave-use in the Neolithic Aegean

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28.2 (May 2009): 125–153.

Neolithic caves in the Aegean are conventionally understood in domestic terms, principally as temporary homes for farmers or pastoralists. This paper challenges the theoretical and empirical foundations of this orthodoxy and develops an alternative model grounded in an understanding of Neolithic ritual and how through ritualization the everyday is referenced and transformed.

Contrasting subsistence strategies in the Early Iron Age? – New results from the Alföld plain, Hungary, and the Thracian plain, Bulgaria

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28.2 (May 2009): 155-187.

What can students of the past do to establish the predominant land-use and settlement practices of populations who leave little or no artefactual discard as a testament to their lifeways? The traditional answer, especially in Eastern Europe, is to invoke often exogenous nomadic pastoralists whose dwelling in perpetuo mobile was based on yurts, minimal local ceramic production and high curation levels of wooden and metal containers.

The Minoan fallacy: Cultural diversity and mortuary behaviour on Crete at the beginning of the Bronze Age

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28.1 (February 2009): 29-57.

We are becoming increasingly aware of regional data patterning in the archaeological record of Prepalatial Crete, yet a theoretically informed and methodologically systematic study assessing the significance of such differences is still lacking. This article investigates variation through the rich mortuary record of the period and explores the significance of such diversity for our understanding of Prepalatial Crete.

Beyond ethnicity: The overlooked diversity of group identities

Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 22.1 (2009): 101-126.

This article challenges the current tendency in archaeology to assume an ethnic basis for group identity. Archaeology has rehabilitated the concept of ethnicity over the last decade, embracing a theoretically sensitive model of it as both socially constructed and socially constructing, as flexible, embodied and hybridised. The success of this model has been such that group identities are often assumed to be ethnic without investigation.

La raccolta del croco a Thera: un tipo particolare di iniziazione femminile?

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 37-69.

Gli affreschi rinvenuti nella Xesté 3 di Akrotiri e il loro possibile significato sono stati oggetto di numerosissimi ed autorevoli studi. In questa sede si intende proporre una ulteriore ipotesi, che nasce dall’analisi dell’iconografia e del contesto archeologico, con un riferimento specifico agli oggetti rinvenuti negli ambienti dell’edificio. In particolare, sarà preso considerazione il cosiddetto “settore femminile” della Xesté 3.

Handmade burnished ware e ceramica grigia tornita in Egeo nella tarda età del bronzo: una messa a punto

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 95-121.

La recente pubblicazione di significativi nuclei di ceramiche d’impasto realizzate a mano (HBW) - a volte associati a ceramiche “grigie” tornite di tipo pseudominio - provenienti da alcuni importanti centri della Grecia micenea e della Creta tardo-minoica, apre nuovi scenari e spunti di riflessione per chi si occupa delle relazioni tra Egeo e Mediterraneo centrale nella tarda età del bronzo.

Four Cypro-Minoan inscriptions from Maroni-Vournes

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 145-164.

The British School at Athens-University of Cincinnati excavations at Maroni-Vournes, on the eastern edge of the coastal plain of the Maroni river valley in south­east Cyprus, have yielded fragments of four clay vessels bearing signs that clearly belong to the Cypro-Minoan script of the Late Bronze Age.

Pottery production and consumption in Early Iron Age Crete: the case of Thronos Kephala (ancient Sybrita)

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 165-222.

Recent years have seen a marked increase in interest in the Early Iron Age of Crete, focusing on sites which flourished in the centuries of the so called Dark Ages through to the emergence of the city-states dating from the 8th century BC onwards. Excavations at Knossos, Eleutherna, Thronos Kephala, and Kavousi, and surveys at Vrokastro and elsewhere bear witness to this renewed interest.

Patterns of exchange and mobility. The case of the Grey Ware in Middle and Late Minoan Crete

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 279-314.

New finds and important contributions have recently offered a fresh overview on wheel-made grey ware on Crete and have also provided an occasion for as update on pottery imported from outside Crete. As a result the list of Grey Ware in LM III contexts has been expanded, but mentions of such a ware in previous periods have been surprisingly neglected. The aim of this article is to re-examine the evidence of the Grey Ware on Crete, from the first appearance of Grey Minyan Ware to the later distribution of Grey Ware up to the LM IIIC period.

The Mycenaean settlements in the Sparta plain and the ancient traditions

Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 51 (2009) [2010]: 315-335.

In this note I assess the main Mycenaean settlements discovered in and around the Sparta plain and also try to interpret the ancient testimonia related to them. It is both customary and correct to present the more definite (i.e. the archaeological) evidence first and separately in such cases, before any speculative attempts to assign ancient names to particular sites.

The latest Prepalatial period and the foundation of the first palace at Phaistos: a stratigraphic and chronological re-assessment

Creta Antica 10/I (2009): 105-145.

The dating of the first palace at Phaistos has been particularly problematic because the architectural complex is comprised of two blocks that were set at different levels on the slope of the hill, and they have been dated to different ceramic phases due to the lack of accuracy in the selection of the relevant deposits, and a rather loose application of Evans’ chronological system. The materials retrieved from the sub-floor excavations that were conducted in the area between piazzale I and cortile 40 of the palace have proved to be a major problem.

I resti faunistici provenienti dal saggio sotto il vano XIX a Festòs (The faunal remains from the trench-pits conducted beneath room XIX at Phaistos)

Creta Antica 10/I (2009): 97-103.

The faunal remains include a bone sample comprised of 679 fragmentary bones and 86 sea-shells. These finds have been divided into two groups: one attributed to the FN and the other to a period ranging from FN to MM IB. Both groups are largely comprised of sheep/goats, followed by pigs and cattle. Dog, marine turtle and agrimi are attested by very scant remains. In the FN-MM IB group, sheep/goats are prevalent over the other domesticated species - pigs and cattle - which are instead well represented in the FN sam­ple.

Il Neolitico Finale a Festòs: per una riconsiderazione funzionale dei dati dagli scavi Levi (Final Neolithic at Phaistos: A fuctional revaluation of the Levi’s excavations data)

Creta Antica 10/I (2009): 57-95.

This work focuses on reviewing the previous publications of Phaistian Neolithic pottery on the base of the new acquisitions provided by the recent excavations at Phaistos (directed by V. La Rosa) and by the study of the new ceramic deposits and related architectures that have reopened the problem of the definition of the Phaistian Final Neolithic.

Revisioni festie II (Phaistian revisions II)

Creta Antica 10/I (2009): 147-300.

This article continues the programme of revision of the stratigraphies, chronologies and functions of the Protopalatial spaces and buildings uncovered by Levi at Phaistos, and focus­es on the so-called Bastione Ovest. This is a building located on the N-W border of the west court, which represented the ceremonial area par-excellence in MM IB-MM II. Re-examina­tion of the excavation notebooks and of the materials associated with the various architectural structures of which it is comprised has allowed us to detect two major phases of use charac­terised by a distinct plan and internal articulation, both within MM II.