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Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece

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Volume 20

International Monographs in Prehistory: Archaeological Series

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Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece

Edited by Apostolos Sarris, Evita Kalogiropoulou, Tuna Kalayci, and Evagelia Karimali

512 pages, 327 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-87962-148-0 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (August 2018)

ISBN  978-1-87962-147-3 $59.95/£47.95 Pb Published (August 2018)

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The last three decades have witnessed a period of growing archaeological activity in Greece that have enhanced our awareness of the diversity and variability of ancient communities. New sites offer rich datasets from many aspects of material culture that challenge traditional perceptions and suggest complex interpretations of the past. This volume provides a synthetic overview of recent developments in the study of Neolithic Greece and reconsiders the dynamics of human-environment interactions while recording the growing diversity in layers of social organization. It fills an essential lacuna in contemporary literature and enhances our understanding of the Neolithic communities in the Greek Peninsula.

Apostolos Sarris is Director of Research at the GeoSat ReSeArch Lab of the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), Adjunct Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology and Research Associate of the Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago. He has organized and participated in more than 220 geophysical/satellite remote sensing/GIS projects in Greece, U.S.A., Cyprus, Hungary, Albania, Italy, Turkey and Egypt & participated in 90 Greek and International/European large-scale research projects.

Evita Kalogiropoulou is a Adjunct Lecturer of archaeology at the School of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology, at the University of Volos, Greece. She is an archaeologist specialised in the architectural features involved with cooking practices, spatial analysis and settlement studies in the Greek Neolithic. She did her BA and MA degree at the University of Crete in Greece and she completed her doctoral diploma at Cardiff University in U.K. She is the author of several papers, and she is involved in various international projects in Greece as an expert at the study of cooking facilities, and the social interfaces developed around cooking practices.

Tuna Kalayci is a Marie Sklodowska Curie individual fellow at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali (CNR-IBAM). He is a remote sensing archaeologist focusing on production landscapes, landscapes of movement, and urban landscapes. He is the assistant director of two field projects in Turkey and a member of the Computer Applications in Archaeology (CAA) scientific committee.

Evagelia Karimali is a prehistoric archaeologist (Ph.D. Boston University), with specialization at lithic technology. She has been an external researcher at FORTH. She has studied and published several articles on Aegean and Mediterranean lithic collections (Platia Magoula Zarkou, Orgozinos, Pefkakia and other Neolithic Thessalian sites; Paximadi Peninsula, Euboea; Halai, Lokris).

Subject: Archaeology
Area: Southern Europe


List of Contributors
List of Figures
List of Tables

Chapter 1. Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction: An Introduction
Evita Kalogiropoulou and Apostolos Sarris


Chapter 2. The Transition from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic in a Circum-Aegean Perspective: Concepts and Narratives
Agathe Reingruber

Chapter 3. Opening a New Frontier in the Study of Neolithic Settlement Patterns of Eastern Thessaly, Greece
Apostolos Sarris, Tuna Kalayci, François-Xavier Simon, Jamieson Donato, Carmen Cuenca García, Meropi Manataki, Gianluca Cantoro, Ian Moffat, Evita Kalogiropoulou, Georgia Karampatso, Kayt Armstrong, Nassos Argyriou, Sylviane Dederix, Cristina Manzetti, Nikos Nikas, Konstantinos Vouzaxakis, Vasso Rondiri, Polyxeni Arachoviti, Kalliopi Almatzi, Despina Efstathiou, and Evangelia Stamelou

Chapter 4. A Road to Variation: Diversity among Neolithic Settlements in Central Macedonia, Greece
Maria Pappa, Stratos Nanoglou, and Melina Efthymiadou

Chapter 5. An Investigation of Neolithic Settlement Pattern and Plant Exploitation at Dikili Tash: Reconsidering Old and New Data from the late 5th Millennium B.C. Settlement
Dimitra Malamidou, Maria Ntinou, Soultana-Maria Valamoti, Zoï Tsirtsoni, Haïdo Koukouli-Chrysanthaki, and Pascal Darcque

Chapter 6. Koutroulou Magoula in Pthiotida, Central Greece: a Middle Neolithic Tell site in Context
Yannis Hamilakis, Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika, Thomas Loughlin, Tristan Carter, James Cole, Yorgos Facorellis, Stella Katsarou, Aggeliki Kaznesi, Areti Pentedeka, Vasileios Tsamis, and Nicolas Zorzin

Chapter 7. The Environment and Interactions of Neolithic Halai
John E. Coleman, Evangelia Karimali, Lilian Karali, Melanie Fillios, Charlotte Diffey, Petra Vaiglova, Amy Bogaard, Jayme Joos, and Effie Angeli

Chapter 8. Diros in Context: Alepotrypa Cave and Ksagounaki Promontory in the Neolithic Period
William Parkinson, Anastasia Papathanasiou, Michael Galaty, Daniel Pullen, Panagiotis Karkanas, and Giorgos Papathanassopoulos

Chapter 9. Visviki Magoula Revisited: Comparing Past Excavations' Data to Recent Geophysical Research
Eva Alram-Stern, Apostolos Sarris, Konstantinos Vouzaxakis, Kalliopi Almatzi, Polyxeni Arachoviti, Vasso Rondiri, Despina Efstathiou, Evangelia Stamelou, Carmen Cuenca García, Tuna Kalayci, François-Xavier Simon, Gianluca Cantoro, Jamieson Donati, and Meropi Manataki

Chapter 10.  Kouphovouno (Laconia): Some Thoughts about the Settlement Pattern at the end of the Middle Neolithic
Josette Renard and William Cavanagh

Chapter 11. Pictures of Home: Regional Perspectives into the Neolithic Building Technology of Northern Greece
Dimitris Kloukinas

Chapter 12. Communities Interaction and (intended) Land Use in Neolithic Greece: the Testimony of the Defensive Architecture
Tomáš Alušík

Chapter 13. Fluid Landscapes, Bonded People? The Role of Burial Areas as Places for Interaction, Exchange and Deposition during the Final Neolithic Period in Central and Southern Greece
Katerina Psimogiannou


Chapter 14. Islands out of the Mainstream: Landscapes of Action, Settlements and Social Identities in the Neolithic Aegean
Evita Kalogiropoulou

Chapter 15. Cycladic or Mainland? The Prehistoric Landscapes of Southern Euboea
Žarko Tankosić and Markos Katsianis

Chapter 16. Human – Landscape Interaction in Neolithic Kephalonia, West Greece: the Dynamic Role of Drakaina Cave within an Insular Environment
Georgia Stratouli and Odysseas Metaxas

Chapter 17. Submerged Neolithic Landscapes off Franchthi Cave: the Measurements from the Terra Submersa Expedition and their Implications
Julien Beck, Dimitris Sakellariou, and Despina Koutsoumba

Chapter 18. Humans, Animals, and the Landscape in Neolithic Koutroulou Magoula, Central Greece: An Approach Through Micromorphology and Plant Remains in Dung
Georgia Koromila, Panagiotis Karkanas, Georgia Kotzamani, Kerry Harris, Yannis Hamilakis, and Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika

Chapter 19. Farming Strategies at Kouphovouno, Lakonia, in the MN-LN periods
William Cavanagh, Josette Renard, Amy Bogaard, Armelle Gardeisen, Jean Cantuel, Petra Vaiglova, and Charlotte Diffey

Chapter 20. Animal Husbandry and the Use of Space in the Greek Sector of the Late Neolithic Settlement of Promachon-Topolnica
George Kazantzis


Chapter 21. Social Interaction in the Farming Communities of Neolithic Greece: Archaeological Perceptions
Nikos Efstratiou

Chapter 22. Patterns in Contemporaneous Ceramic Traditions: Inter-Regional Relations between Thessaly and Macedonia during the Early and Middle Neolithic
Dushka Urem-Kotsou, Anastasia Dimoula, Gazmed Elezi, Trisevgeni Papadakou, Anna Papaioannou, Niki Saridaki, Ioanna Siamidou, Teresa Silva, Eirini Tzemopoulou, and Kostas Kotsakis

Chapter 23. Pottery Exchange Networks under the Microscope: the case of Neolithic Thessaly
Areti Pentedeka

Chapter 24. The Discovery of Painted Pottery in Caves: an Interpretation in the Case of Sarakenos Cave (Kopais, Boeotia)
Vagia Mastrogiannopoulou

Chapter 25. Thoughts on the Preliminary Study of Early Neolithic Decorated Pottery from the Central Origma at Mavropigi-Filotsairi
Lily Bonga

Chapter 26. Emergent Networks and Socio-Cultural Change in Final Neolithic Southern Greece
David Michael Smith

Chapter 27. Ritual and Interaction during the Final Neolithic Period: The example of Aegina-Kolonna
Eva Alram-Stern

Chapter 28. Making Choices in a Neolithic Landscape: Raw Materials and Ground Stone Technology in Neolithic Avgi, Northwest Greece
Tasos Bekiaris, Christos Stergiou, and Stella Theodoridou

Chapter 29. Chipped Stone Aspects of the Interaction among Neolithic Communities of Northern Greece
Odysseas Kakavakis

Chapter 30. Casting A Wide Network: Preliminary Results from the Early Neolithic Chipped Stone Assemblage from Revenia, Pieria (Greece)
Lilian Dogiama

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