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ΑΡΘΡΑ | 2017

Meaningful materials? Bone artefacts and symbolism in the Early Bronze Age Aegean

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 36.1 (2017): 43-59

Early Bronze Age southern Aegean mortuary assemblages have yielded three distinctive classes of bone artefact. Comparison with contemporary unworked bone assemblages and contextually or formally related objects in other materials reveals complex cultural associations, the symbolic meaning of which is explored through heuristic use of ethnographic analogues.

Variability of ceramic production and consumption on the Greek mainland during the middle stages of the Late Bronze Age: the waterpots from the Menelaion, Sparta

Oxford Journal of Archaeology 36.3 (2017): 243-266

The study highlights survival of pottery traditions with roots in the Middle Helladic period well into the Late Bronze Age, a fact that has not received appropriate attention in the scholarly discourse. It captures the very last stage of their existence, as just a few decades later the production and consumption are entirely dominated by Mycenaean pottery.

Early ceramics in Anatolia: implications for the production and use of the earliest pottery. The evidence from Boncuklu Höyük

Cambridge Archaeological Journal 27.2 (May 2017): 351-369

Fragments of possible fired clay found at Boncuklu Höyük, central Turkey, appear to derive from rudimentary vessels, despite the later ninth- and early eighth-millennium cal. bc and thus ‘Aceramic’ dates for the site. This paper will examine the evidence for such fired clay vessels at Boncuklu and consider their implications as examples of some of the earliest pottery in Anatolia.

Contrasting histories in Early Bronze Age Aegean: uniformity, regionalism and the resilience of societies in the northeast Peloponnese and central Crete

Cambridge Archaeological Society 27.3 (August 2017): 479-494

Late Early Bronze Age (EB IIB–III, 2500–2000 bc ) evidence from the northeast Peloponnese and central Crete present two coeval sequences of events with very different societal outcomes. By drawing on resilience theory and the model of adaptive cycles, this article explores when and why the paths of mainland Greece and Crete diverged around 2200 bc, leading to an eventually destabilizing change on the mainland and a more sustainable one on Crete.

Mycenaeans in Bavaria? Amber and gold from the Bronze Age site of Bernstorf

Antiquity 91.359 (2017): 1382-1385

In August 1998 the German archaeological world was stunned when two amateur archaeologists found decorated gold-sheet ornaments on a hill in Bavaria north of Munich, near a farm named Bernstorf, in the commune of Kranzberg. A Bronze Age fortified enclosure was known there, local amateurs having excavated it earlier in the 1990s; later, permission was granted for gravel extraction, trees were cleared and it was in this disturbed area that the gold appeared.

Working for a feast: textual evidence for state-organized work feasts in Mycenaean Greece

American Journal of Archaeology 121.2 (April 2017): 219-236

Communal feasting has provoked much interest among scholars of Aegean prehistory. Discussions of the archaeological, archaeozoological, and textual data of the Mycenaean Palatial period have provided important insights into the role of this ritual practice as part of a sociopolitical strategy of the Mycenaean elite.

Communication networks, interactions, and social negotiation in Prepalatial south-central Crete

American Journal of Archaeology 121.1 (January 2017): 5-37

The results of the GIS analyses emphasize that circular tombs were as a rule constructed near optimal paths. Nevertheless, the spatial pattern testifies to synchronic and diachronic variations, which, examined in the light of the distribution of non-Cretan grave goods, support the conclusion of previous research that different social strategies underlay the appearance and adoption of this burial type throughout the study area.

Foodways in Early Mycenaean Greece: innovative cooking sets and social hierarchy at Mitrou and other settlements on the Greek mainland

American Journal of Archaeology 121.2 (April 2017): 183-217

Through the analysis of the cooking pottery repertoire, I investigate the issue of how food was manipulated by those competing for status. I argue that the appearance of innovative cooking utensils and their sets can be associated with changes in food-preparation practices, leading to more elaborate cuisine.

Βιβλιοκρισία του C. Renfrew, O. Philaniotou, N. Brodie, G. Gavalas & M. Boyd (eds), Kavos and the Special Deposits: the Sanctuary on Keros and the Origins of Aegean Ritual

Antiquity 91.355 (2017): 260-261

Kyriakidis, E., Βιβλιοκρισία του: C. Renfrew, O. Philaniotou, N. Brodie, G. Gavalas & M. Boyd (eds), Kavos and the Special Deposits: the Sanctuary on Keros and the Origins of Aegean Ritual (Cambridge 2016), Antiquity 91.355 (2017): 260-261.