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ΑΡΘΡΑ | 2016

A foreign potter in the Pylian kingdom? A reanalysis of the ceramic assemblage of room 60 in the Palace of Nestor at Pylos

Hesperia 85.3 (2016): 491-536

This article offers a reanalysis of the ceramic assemblage from room 60, one of the pantries of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos. The study is based on the original 1966 publication by Blegen and Rawson, excavation notebooks, archive photographs, and personal investigation of the pottery recovered from that room.

Minoan peak sanctuaries of east Crete: a walking perspective

Chronica 6 (2016): 82-92

The aim of this paper is to rethink the Minoan peak sanctuaries of East Crete from a walking perspective. Walking will be used as a mean of understanding and embodying the landscape of East Cretan peak sanctuaries, as the only way that someone could reach to a peak sanctuary was (and is) on foot.

Primary state formation processes on Bronze Age Crete: a social approach to change in early complex societies

Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26.2 (May 2016): 349-367

The formation of a state on Crete at the beginning of the second millennium BC has usually been considered under the secondary state paradigm. Most explanations rely on the role of conspicuous consumption and emulation mechanisms at a time when Cretan elites were exposed to the developed stratified systems of the east Mediterranean.

From reciprocity to centricity: the Middle Bronze Age in the Greek mainland

Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 29.1 (2016): 70-78

In this paper, I examine the role of reciprocal relations in processes of social change. More precisely, I discuss the transformation of modes of interaction and sumptuary behavior across a long period, from the collapse of the Early Bronze Age proto-urban societies, through the slow recovery during the Middle Bronze Age, to the intensification of social change during the transition to the Mycenaean period

Homeric reciprocities

Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 29.1 (2016): 94-104

A modified version of Marshall Sahlins’s model of reciprocity, which maps the modes of reciprocity across kinship distance, helps elucidate reciprocity in Homer. With important qualifications, Homeric reciprocity can also elucidate the social realities of Archaic Greece.

‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’: reciprocity in Mycenaean political economies

Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 29.1 (2016): 78-88

Reciprocity has seen much less attention by Aegean archaeologists than other economic concepts such as redistribution, largely because of an assumption that reciprocity is characteristic of ‘egalitarian’ or less developed societies, as well as a related interest in political economies of more complex (palatial) societies, which are assumed to be characterized by redistribution.