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Practices of Personal Adornment in Neolithic Greece Πρακτικές Προσωπικής Κόσμησης στη Νεολιθική Ελλάδα by Fotis Ifantidis. Paperback; xxxvi+596 pages; 121 figures + fully illustrated catalogue (31 plates in colour). Greek text with English Summary. 75 2019. Available both in print and Open Access. Printed ISBN 9781789691139. £80.00 (No VAT). Epublication ISBN 9781789691146. Book contents pageDownload Full PDF   Buy Now

The objective of this book is the reconsideration of the practices of personal adornment during the Neolithic period in Greece, through the assemblage, extensive bibliographic documentation, and critical evaluation of all the available data deriving from more than a hundred sites in the mainland and the Aegean islands –an archaeological archive of wide geographical and chronological scope. In addition, a thorough study of the personal ornament corpus from the Middle-Late Neolithic Dispilio in Kastoria, an important lakeside settlement in north-western Greece, was conducted.

The book begins with an overview of the anthropological and archaeological literature on theoretical and methodological issues concerning practices of personal adornment. Then follows an examination of the problems and key points of study regarding personal adornment in Neolithic Greece, as well as a critical evaluation of the methodological approaches and classification schemes that have been applied in previous archaeological works. Subsequently, the technologies and processes of production, consumption, recycling, deposition, and distribution of personal ornaments in Neolithic Greece are discussed. Finally, the social correlates of personal adornment are explored, as they are reflected in the choice of different raw materials (shell, clay, bone, stone, and metal) and ornament types (beads, pendants, annulets, and so forth).

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FOTIS IFANTIDIS studied archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His academic research is focused on personal adornment practices in prehistory, and on the interplay between photography and archaeology, with case studies the Athenian Acropolis, the ancient city of Kalaureia on the island of Poros, and the Neolithic settlements of Dispilio and Koutroulou Magoula. Among his publications are Spondylus in Prehistory (co-authored with M. Nikolaidou), Camera Kalaureia (co-authored with Y. Hamilakis) and Archaeographies: Excavating Neolithic Dispilio.

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Στόχος του βιβλίου είναι η επανεξέταση των πρακτικών προσωπικής κόσμησης κατά τη νεολιθική περίοδο στην Ελλάδα μέσω της επανεκτίμησης των διαθέσιμων στοιχείων που προέρχονται από περισσότερες από εκατό ανεσκαμμένες νεολιθικές θέσεις, καθώς και η λεπτομερειακή μελέτη του corpus κοσμημάτων που προέρχονται από τη λιμναία θέση της Μέσης-Νεότερης Νεολιθικής περιόδου στ&#
CAMERA KALAUREIA An Archaeological Photo-Ethnography | Μια αρχαιολογική φωτο-εθνογραφία by Yannis Hamilakis & Fotis Ifantidis. Paperback; 170 pages; illustrated in full colour throughout. Full text in English and Greek. 259 2016. Available both in print and Open Access. Printed ISBN 9781784914127. £30.00 (No VAT). Epublication ISBN 9781784914141. Book contents pageDownload Full PDF   Buy Now

How can we find alternative, sensorially rich and affective ways of engaging with the material past in the present?

How can photography play a central role in archaeological narratives, beyond representation and documentation?

This photo-book engages with these questions, not through conventional academic discourse but through evocative creative practice. The book is, at the same time, a site guide of sorts: a photographic guide to the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Poseidon in Kalaureia, on the island of Poros, in Greece.

Ancient and not-so-ancient stones, pine trees that were “wounded” for their resin, people who lived amongst the classical ruins, and the tensions and the clashes with the archaeological apparatus and its regulations, all become palpable, affectively close and immediate.

Furthermore, the book constitutes an indirect but concrete proposal for the adoption of archaeological photo-ethnography as a research as well as public communication tool for critical heritage studies, today.

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Archaeographies Excavating Neolithic Dispilio by Fotis Ifantidis . 112 pp. 84 2013. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739622. £3.95 (No VAT). Institutional Price £8.07 (Exc. UK VAT) Buy Now

Special Offer: £3.95 (RRP: £9.50): The close relationship between photography and archaeology is widely acknowledged. Since its invention, photography has been an indispensable documentation tool for archaeology, while the development of digital technology has facilitated the growing needs of an archaeological excavation in recording and archiving. Still, both photography and archaeology are much more than documentation practices. On the one hand, photography is the most appropriate medium for creating visual art; on the other, the excavation is a locus where material and immaterial knowledges are constantly being produced, reproduced and represented; as such, it constitutes an ideal “topos” for experimentation in creating images. This entangled relationship between photography and archaeology, and art and documentation, has only recently attracted attention, emerging as a separate field of study. Archaeographies: Excavating Neolithic Dispilio consists one of the very first experimentations in printed format, dealing with this visual interplay between archaeology and photography. The case study is the excavation of the Greek Neolithic settlement of Dispilio. The book tackles archaeological practice on site, the microcosms of excavation, and the interaction between people and “things”. Archaeographies derives from an on-going, blog-based project, launched in 2006 (visualizingneolithic.com). The black-and-white photos of the book were selected from a large archive, and are loosely assembled as an itinerary. They are accompanied by a laconic commentary, in order to retain the sense of ambiguity and allow multiple interpretation of the images.

‘….today some archaeologists have transformed themselves into artists exploiting the visual grammar of the past decades.’ (Review, Antiquity, Vol. 88, Issue 340, June 2014, 671)

'Infantidis [presents] a collection of photographs that document the ephemeral, tangential notes from the excavations at Dispilio. In this he repositions the photographer not as a passive observer, but as an active participant in the investigation of the past.' (Review, Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2014)
Book Review Section: Journal of Greek Archaeology Volume 4 2019. DOI: 10.32028/9781789693775-17.ISBN 9781789693775-17. Download Full PDF  

Reviews section from Journal of Greek Archaeology Volume 4 2019. This section of the journal is available to read online or download without a subscription. Click 'Download (pdf)' below to access the full reviews section, contents as follows:

Prehistory and Protohistory
Catherine Perlès. Ornaments and other ambiguous artifacts from Franchthi, Volume I , the Palaeolithic and the Mesolithic, excavations at Franchthi Cave, Greece - Nena Galanidou
Anastasia Papathanasiou, William A. Parkinson, Daniel J. Pullen, Michael L. Galaty and Panagiotis Karkanas (eds). Neolithic Alepotrypa cave in the Mani, Greece. In honor of George Papathanassopoulos - Catherine Perlès
Søren Dietz, Fanis Mavridis, Žarko Tankosić and Turan Takaoğlu (eds). Communities in transition. The circum-Aegean area during the 5th and 4th millennia BC - Oliver Dickinson
R. Angus K. Smith, Mary K. Dabney, Evangelia Pappi, Sevasti Triantaphyllou and James C. Wright. Ayia Sotira. A Mycenaean chamber tomb cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece - Oliver Dickinson
Frederick W. Cooper and Diane Fortenberry (eds). T he Minnesota Pylos Project 1990-98 - Oliver Dickinson
Susan Sherratt and John Bennet (eds). Archaeology and the Homeric Epic - Irene S. Lemos
Philippa M. Steele. Writing and Society in Ancient Cyprus - Maria Iacovou
Metaxia Tsipopoulou. Petras, Siteia I. A Minoan Palatial Settlement in Eastern Crete. Excavation of Houses I.1 and I.2 - Ilse Schoep
A. Bernard Knapp and Stella Demesticha. Mediterranean connections: maritime transport containers and seaborne trade in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages - Oliver Dickinson
Emily S.K. Anderson. Seals, craft and community in Bronze Age Crete - John G. Younger
A. Bernard Knapp . Seafaring and seafarers in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean - Wallace
Maria Ivanova, Bogdan Athanassov, Vanya Petrova, Desislava Takorova and Philip W. Stockhammer (eds). Social Dimensions of Food in the Prehistoric Balkans - Stella Souvatzi

Archaic to Classical
Myrina Kalaitzi. Figured Tombstones from Macedonia, Fifth–First Century BC. - Seth Estrin
Mary Emerson. Greek Sanctuaries and Temple Architecture. An Introduction - Tony Spawforth
S. Rebecca Martin. The Art of Contact. Comparative Approaches to Greek and Phoenician Art - Lieve Donnellan

Milena Melfi and Olympia Bobou (eds) Hellenistic Sanctuaries between Greece and Rome - A. J. S. Spawforth

Jane E. Francis and Anna Kouremenos (eds) Roman Crete. New Perspectives - Michalis Karambinis
Walter Scheidel (ed.). The Science of Roman History: Biology, Climate, and the Future of the Past - Ben Russell
Tamara M. Dijkstra, Inger N.I. Kuin, Muriel Moser and David Weidgenannt (eds) Strategies of Remembering in Greece under Rome (100 BC – 100 AD) - Michalis Karambinis
Georgios Deligiannakis. The Dodecanese and the Eastern Aegean Islands in Late Antiquity, AD 300–700 - Konstantinos Roussos

Philipp Niewöhner (ed.). The archaeology of Byzantine Anatolia. From the end of late antiquity until the coming of the Turks. - Emanuele E. Intagliata
Sharon E. J. Gerstel (ed.). Viewing Greece: Cultural and Political Agency in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean - Konstantinos Roussos

Gavin McGuire. Minoan Extractions: A Photographic Journey 2009–2016 Sissi Archaeological Project - Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory
Yannis Hamilakis and Fotis Ifantidis. Camera Kalaureia: An Archaeological Photo-Ethnography - Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory
Joseph G. Manning. The Open Sea. The Economic Life of t
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