The archaeological material presented in the first volume has demonstrated the importance of the Cave of the Cyclops, which unquestionably constitutes a byword in the prehistory of the Aegean. The information set out in the second volume mainly comes from the archaeological material, organic residues, and the archaeornetric studies that complete the image of this significant archaeological site.
Durant la dernière phase de l’Âge du Bronze (XVIe-XIe s. av. J.-C.), la civilisation mycénienne voit le jour et s’épanouit en Grèce continentale. Alors que la découverte des tombes à fosse de Mycènes et des tombes à tholos de Messénie a attiré l’attention sur le Péloponnèse, la Grèce centrale se révèle également sensible aux changements culturels qui se sont produits dès la fin de l’Helladique Moyen. Bien que le mode de vie ne paraisse pas s’être modifié radicalement dans les habitats examinés, les sépultures témoignent de changements culturels profonds, comme le suggèrent les inhumations successives de plus en plus souvent attestées.
Y. Duhoux & A. Morpurgo Davies (επιμέλεια)Louvain-la-Neuve2011
Linear B is the earliest form of writing used for Greek. The tablets written in this script offer crucial information about the Mycenaean Greeks and their time. This Companion aims at not only summarizing the results of current research but also trying to explain the problems which arise from the study of the texts and the methods which can be used to solve them.
L. Astruc, R. Vargiolu, M. Ben Tkaya, N. Balkan-Atli, M. Özbaşaran & H. ZahouaniJournal of Archaeological Science 38:11 (December 2011): 3415-3424.
Tribological analysis is employed in a pilot study of the technological steps involved in the manufacture of a polished obsidian bracelet from Aşikli Höyük, an Aceramic Neolithic site in Central Anatolia (8300–7500 cal. B.C.).
Recent excavations in the region of Achaea in the northern Peloponnese (Greece) have brought to light new evidence on the Thapsos-class of vases. Their identification amongst the grave goods as well as the dedications in the two important sanctuary sites of the area provide a starting point for reassessing the question of this particular ware’s identity and its main production centre.
This book is a study of the woman-and-child motif – known as thekourotrophos – as it appeared in the Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean.Stephanie Lynn Budin argues that, contrary to many current beliefs,the image was not a universal symbol of maternity or a depiction of amother goddess.
Halford W. Haskell, Richard E. Jones, Peter M. Day & John T. KillenPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
The transport stirrup jar was a vessel type used extensively in the Late Bronze Age III Aegean world. Found in a variety of contexts, the type was used both to transport and to store liquid commodities in bulk. The peak of the production and exchange of this jar corresponded with the time of economic expansion on the Greek mainland.
Maria PhilokyprouThe Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 11:2 (2011): 37-53.
In Cyprus stone was the primary building material, either as rubble or in a dressed form (called ashlar), since the Neolithic period. Initially stone was used only as rubble but later during the Late Brone Age ashlar stone appeared for the first time on the island.
Palaeomagnetic and anisotropy measurements were carried out on Minoan ash deposits obtained from the deep-sea cores, (V10-50 and V10-58), South Aegean Sea. Three distinct layers have been reported within the ash deposit in core (V10-50). Based primarily on grain-size differences, a link to three separate eruptive phases of Santorini has been suggested.
Vassos Karageorghis (with a chapter by Nicolle Hirschfeld)Λευκωσία
The Late Bronze Age civilization of Cyprus owes much to Porphyrios Dikaios, who excavated at Enkomi between 1948 and 1958 on behalf of the Department of Antiquities. Two volumes of text, one of plates and another of plans and sections were published by him (Philipp von Zabern Verlag, Mainz-am Rhein) in 1969 and 1971.
Nena GalanidouJournal of Mediterranean Archaeology 24:2 (2011): 219-242.
This paper discusses the Greek Mesolithic record in the light of refinements to the international calibration curve and recent archaeological research. Central to the discussion are the time frame used for this period of Greek prehistory, and the diagnostic potential, or visibility, of Mesolithic stone tools.
Emily Miller BonneyJournal of Mediterranean Archaeology 24:2 (2011): 171-190.
The two reconstituted faience figurines from the Temple Repositories at Knossos were restored by Sir Arthur Evans as epitomes of elite women of the Neopalatial period and objects of an indigenous palatial cult of the Snake Goddess.
The book is the catalogue of the exhibition “Kykladen - Lebenswelten einer frühgriechischen Kultur” that took place at the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe from 16 December 2011 until 22 April 2012. Five thousand years ago a new chapter of European history was opened on a group of islands in the middle of the Aegean. Cycladic culture marked the beginning of a new era which ultimately defined the whole of Europe: the Bronze Age.
Uroš Matićin Marta Hlad (ed.),STARCO III: Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam, Travellling, Communicating and Trading in The Past, Ljubljana: Študentsko arheološko društvo, 2011: 51-60.
‘Minoan’ frescoes from the Egyptian palatial complex at Tell el Dabca have raised many questions regarding the nature and complexity of Egypt-Aegean interrelations. Different dating of the frescoes produced different interpretations of contacts between the Ancient Egyptian court and Cretan polities.
Thomas F. Tartaron, Daniel J. Pullen, Richard K. Dunn, Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory, Amy Dill & Joseph I. BoyceHesperia 80:4 (2011): 559-634.
This article describes the initial phase of investigations at Kalamianos, a recently discovered Mycenaean coastal settlement on the Saronic Gulf in the southeastern Corinthia. To date 50 buildings and 120 rooms of Late Helladic IIIB date have been identified at the site, which is unique for the excellent preservation of aboveground architectural remains.