The image-based discourse on clay figurines that treated them as merely artistic representations, the meaning of which needs to be deciphered through various iconological methods, has been severely critiqued and challenged in the past decade.
A persistent issue with the study of Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600–1100 BCE) chamber tombs in Mainland Greece remains our limited understanding of the factors that governed the choice of location for their construction.
This paper intends to document how an assemblage of 177 archaeological objects excavated in Troy in the nineteenth century became entangled within the historical circumstances of the era and Heinrich Schliemann’s continuous social movement.
Οι ανασκαφές που διεξάγονται στον προϊστορικό οικισμό του Ακρωτηρίου της Θήρας, υπό την αιγίδα της Εν Αθήναις Αρχαιολογικής Εταιρείας, είναι εξαιρετικά γενναιόδωρες σε ευρήματα. Η μεγάλη έκρηξη του ηφαιστείου του νησιού, στα μέσα περίπου της 2ης χιλιετίας π.Χ., σφράγισε με παχύ στρώμα τέφρας τα ερείπια μιας πόλης ακμάζουσας, όπως δηλώνουν τα πολυώροφα σπίτια με την πλούσια διακόσμηση και την εξεζητημένη οικοσκευή.
Sofia Voutsaki, Corien Wiersma, Wieke de Neef & Adamantia VasilogamvrouJournal of Greek Archaeology 4 (2019): 67-95
This article presents the research design, i.e. the main aims, questions and methods of the Ayios Vasileios Survey Project. This ongoing project combines field walking, geophysical prospection and ethnographic interviews in order to place more firmly the Mycenaean Palatial Complex of Ayios Vasileios (Laconia, Greece) in its physical, regional and historical context.
V. Maxwell, R. M. Ellam, N. Skarpelis & A. SampsonJournal of Greek Archaeology 4 (2019): 1-30
In the wider Aegean, it is now recognised that the very end of the Neolithic is a key period in the evolution of communities and in the roots of changes observed in the succeeding Early Bronze Age. One important aspect of this change was involvement in metallurgy.
Charlotte LangohrJournal of Greek Archaeology 4 (2019): 31-66
During the Late Minoan (hereinafter LM) II to IIIB phases, roughly between 1450 and 1200 BCE, Cretan society went through a series of changes, the causes and circumstances of which are still the subject of dispute. One of the key issues that remains is the question of the cultural identity or identities of Cretan communities after the widespread, violent destructions of the LM IB palatial centres and settlements on the island.
Tholos A at Apesokari (south-central Crete, Greece) was constructed on a sloping ledge of bedrock, overlooking the Mesara Plain below. Such an inconvenient topographic setting makes Tholos A an unusual example in the corpus of Minoan circular tombs, which were more commonly built on flatter ground.
This paper presents the results of the geochemical characterisation of complete obsidian assemblages dating to the Early Aceramic Neolithic (8200–6900 Cal BC) and located in Cyprus, eastern Mediterranean. Obsidian artefacts have over the years been recovered from a number of Early Holocene archaeological sites on the island of Cyprus.
The existence of an opposition between rural and urban spaces is an important question for our societies, and one that has been posed since the radical transformations of the 20th century and the so-called ‘end of the peasants’. In this context it becomes also a question for archaeologists and historians.
Marisa Marthari, Colin Renfrew & Michael J. Boyd (επιμέλεια)Oxford
This second volume on Early Cycladic (and Cycladicising) sculptures found in the Aegean, examines finds from mainland Greece, along with the rarer items from the north and east Aegean, with the exception of those discovered in the Cyclades (covered in the preceding volume), and of those found in Crete. The significance of these finds is that these are the principal testimonies of the influence of the Early Bronze Age Cycladic cultures in the wider Aegean.
This book brings together for the first time scholars working on the Bronze Age settlement patterns and material culture of the southern Ierapetra Isthmus, a region that actively participated in the coastal and maritime trade networks of East Crete. During the past few decades, while various archaeological projects focused on the northern isthmus, the Ierapetra area remained largely neglected and unknown, a terra incognita.