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278 pages

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Published Oct 2014

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784910181

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Athyrmata: Critical Essays on the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean in Honour of E. Susan Sherratt

Edited by Yannis Galanakis, Toby Wilkinson, John Bennet

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This volume brings together twenty-six papers to mark Susan Sherratt's 65th birthday - a collection that seeks to reflect both her broad range of interests and her ever-questioning approach to uncovering the realities of life in Europe and the Mediterranean in later prehistory.



Introduction (Yannis Galanakis, Toby Wilkinson and John Bennet) ;

A selected list of publications by Sue Sherratt (as of autumn 2014) ;

How and when did Tel Akko get its unusual banana shape? (Michal Artzy and Jamie Quartermaine) ;

The integration of gold resources in the Byzantine economy: an open question (Evanthia Baboula) ;

The ‘Sea Peoples’ as an emergent phenomenon (Alexander A. Bauer) ;

Pottery mobility, landscape survey and maritime activity: a view from Kythera (Cyprian Broodbank and Evangelia Kiriatzi) ;

‘In vino veritas’: raising a toast at Mycenaean funerals (William Cavanagh and Christopher Mee) ;

Geraki in Laconia in Late Helladic times (Joost Crouwel) ;

How warlike were the Mycenaeans, in reality? (Oliver Dickinson) ;

Desecrating signs: ‘hieroglyphic’ writing systems and secondary script inventions (Silvia Ferrara) ;

Chronologies should carry a ‘use by’ date: the archaeological life history of the ‘Beth Shan Stirrup Jar’ (Elizabeth French) ;

Arthur Evans and the quest for the “origins of Mycenaean culture” (Yannis Galanakis) [Open Access: Download] ;

Man/Woman, Warrior/Maiden: The Lefkandi Toumba female burial reconsidered (Kate Harrell) ;

The Waz-lily and the Priest’s Axe: can relief-beads tell us something? (Helen Hughes-Brock) ;

‘Working with the shadows’: in search of the myriad forms of social complexity (Maria Iacovou) ;

James Saumarez Cameron: a forgotten collector of Cretan seals (Olga Krzyszkowska) ;

The Post-Mycenaean dead: ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ (Katie Lantzas) ;

The spider’s web: innovation and society in the Early Helladic ‘Period of the Corridor Houses’ (Joseph Maran and Maria Kostoula) ;

‘Metal makes the wheel go round’: the development and diffusion of studded-tread wheels in the Ancient Near East and the Old World (Simone Mühl) [Open Access: Download] ;

“For it is written”: an experimental approach to the materiality and temporality of clay documents inscribed in Linear B (Tom Pape, Paul Halstead, John Bennet and Yannis Stangidis) ;

A ‘wall bracket’ from Kandia in the Argolid: notes on the local character and function of an ‘east Mediterranean’ artefact of the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age (Lorenz Rahmstorf) ;

Reading post-palatial Mycenaean iconography: some lessons from Lefkandi (Jeremy B. Rutter) ;

Functions and meanings of Aegean-type pottery at Tel Beth-Shean (Philipp W. Stockhammer) ;

Ceramic developments in coastal Western Anatolia at the dawn of the Early Iron Age (Rik Vaessen) ;

Beaker Folk in Thrace: a metrological footnote (Michael Vickers) ;

Rosso antico marble and the façade entablature of the Treasury of Atreus (Peter Warren) ;

Feasts of clay? Ceramics and feasting at Early Minoan Myrtos: Fournou Korifi (Todd Whitelaw) ;

Dressing the house, dressing the pots: textile-inspired decoration in the late 3rd and 2nd millennia BC east Mediterranean (Toby C. Wilkinson)