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ΑΡΘΡΑ | 2016

Luminescence dating and quartz grain surface features of aeolian sediments from Agia Napa, Cyprus

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 201-206.

The purpose of this research work is to examine the chronology of aeolianite deposits of Southeast Cyprus and provide preliminary comments on the Late Quaternary environmental change by employing up-to-date luminescence dating methods. Another aim of this study is the analysis of the microtextures that are present on quartz grains of coastal dunes from South East Cyprus to uncover their depositional history.

Reconstructing archaeo-landscapes: myth versus reality

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 195-200.

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Thanks to the diversification of scientific methods that can support archaeo-environmental studies, researchers have at their disposal an increasing amount of data that can be combined to place past human activities back into their contemporary environment. Virtual Reality, Geophysics, Geomorphology, Remote Sensing, Agent-Based Modelling and Artificial Intelligence provide new opportunities, but also new challenges, regarding the study of ancient landscapes.

A.Sho.Re 2011-2015, SE Kephallenia in the Ionian Sea: investigating the geoarchaeology of the coastal zone

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 179-185.

A preliminary interpretation of results includes the identification of human presence, hitherto unknown in the vacant seascapes of the eastern shores, ranging from the Age of Stone to the Middle Byzantine and the modem eras. The next step forward is to assess the cultural dynamics of the whole region in the context of the respective palaeo-coastal sequences. Yet, the pioneering conception of coasts as dynamic natural and cultural systems already conveys that the historical understanding of maritime stretches lies beyond the realm of the individual site or the contingent relation of site to sea.

New geoarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental studies in Mani Peninsula (S. Peloponnesus) by employing luminescence dating techniques

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 175-178.

Here, we attempt a comparison of the results achieved by both methods. The new luminescence ages estimated for littoral sediments allowed us to re-assess the eustatic, isostatic and tectonic changes during the aforementioned period of geological time. In addition, for the first time, we consider the contribution of airborne dust transferred from distant areas to the local sedimentary record with the intention of reconstructing patterns of atmospheric circulation over the Late Quaternary.

Landscape evolution in the Kifissos floodplain

Στο E. Photos-Jones, Y. Bassiakos, E. Filippaki, A. Hein, I. Karatasios, V. Kilikoglou & E. Kouloumpi (eds), 2016. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (Bar International Series 2780), Oxford: 161-166.

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he effect of the mid-Holocene sea level highstand is confirmed as a contributing factor in the formation of the Piraeus early island, as narrated by Strabo, roughly in the period between 6000 and 5000 years before present. Meandering of the Kifissos River resulted in the formation of oxbow lakes which can be traced on modem topographic maps as closed depressions. A meander of the Kifissos River is delineated which flooded ancient sites in the 5th century BC near Plato’s Academy and he indicates that the statesman of Athens Cimon “converted the Academy from a waterless and arid spot into a well-watered grove” by digging channels for watering from this meander.

Late Helladic and later reuse phases of Kastrouli settlement (Greece): Preliminary dating results

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 16.3 (2016): 245-250

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An initial archaeological reconnaissance of the partially looted site has produced some indication of use during late Helladic and later periods. Our four ages by luminescence and C-14 have shown that this site was used initially in Late Helladic period, and reused during the Middle Geometric, the Early Archaic and the Classical periods.

Lithic Industries of the Aegean Upper Mesolithic

Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry 16.3 (2016): 229-243

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Recent research at Areta in the northern side of Chalki Island (Dodecanese) has revealed an enormous quantity of lithics of the Mesolithic period. It is the first time that such an old settlement is located in the area of the Dodecanese, thus extending to the southeast of the Aegean the already known Mesolithic network of sites and creating a sea route from Cyclades to Dodecanese.

Cypriot ritual and cult from the Bronze to the Iron Age: a longue-durée approach

Journal of Greek Archaeology 1 (2016): 73-108

I will first try to identify evidence of ritual and cult at the ‘extra-urban’ sanctuary site of Agia Irini (Figure 1) before attempting to establish their connections with the Late Cypriot ritual system of the urban center of Enkomi. I will then focus on the transformations that the cult of the ‘Cypriot Goddess’ underwent from the Late Cypriot to the Early Iron Age in an effort to emphasize the importance that this cult acquired in the later Iron Age, that is, the Cypro-Archaic and the Cypro-Classical periods. I will finally turn to the Iron Age polity of Amathous, endeavoring to detect connections with (and embodiments of) an indigenous Late Cypriot past.

‘Manly hearted’ Mycenaeans (?): Challenging preconceptions of warrior ideology in Mycenae’s Grave Circle B

Journal of Greek Archaeology 1 (2016): 45-72

By analysing weaponry distribution and inclusion practices within the highly elite context of the Shaft Graves (active 1700-1450 BC), this paper highlights the inventive nature of elite early Mycenaean burial practice and also explores the possible ‘anomaly’ of a female warrior burial. It argues that the expression of elite Mycenaean warrior ideology was more fluid and inclusive than has been previously assumed, and that a model of gendered domaining is not only limiting, but obscures the creative, ‘work-in-progress’ approach to male and female distinction and differentiation in the Shaft Graves.