Communities in Transition: The Circum-Aegean Area in the 5th and 4th Millennia BC

Communities in Transition: The Circum-Aegean Area in the 5th and 4th Millennia BC

By: Soren Dietz (editor), Zarko Tankosic (editor), Turan Takaoglu (editor), Fanis Mavridis (editor)Hardback

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Communities in Transition brings together scholars from different countries and backgrounds united by a common interest in the transition between the Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age in the lands around the Aegean. Neolithic community was transformed, in some places incrementally and in others rapidly, during the 5th and 4th millennia BC into one that we would commonly associate with the Bronze Age. Many different names have been assigned to this period: Final Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Eneolithic, Late Neolithic [I]-II, Copper Age which, to some extent, reflects the diversity of archaeological evidence from varied geographical regions. During this long heterogeneous period developments occurred that led to significant changes in material culture, the use of space, the adoption of metallurgical practices, establishment of far-reaching interaction and exchange networks, and increased social complexity. The 5th to 4th millennium BC transition is one of inclusions, entanglements, connectivity, and exchange of ideas, raw materials, finished products and, quite possibly, worldviews and belief systems. Most of the papers presented here are multifaceted and complex in that they do not deal with only one topic or narrowly focus on a single line of reasoning or dataset. Arranged geographically they explore a series of key themes: Chronology, cultural affinities, and synchronization in material culture; changing social structure and economy; inter- and intra-site space use and settlement patterns, caves and include both site reports and regional studies.

About Author

Soren Dietz is Professor (adj.) at the University of Copenhagen, Institute of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies. He specializes in Aegean Bronze Age and has conducted several archaeological field projects in Greece and Tunisia. Dietz is former director of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Fanis Mavridis is an archaeologist of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, Department of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology. He has directed systematic and rescue excavation projects in Attica, Euboea and the Cyclades. He currently works on Bronze Age cave sites on the island of Paros. His research interests include the Aegean Neolithic, island and cave archaeologies and Bronze Age Cyclades. Zarko Tankosic is a Higher Executive Officer at the Norwegian Institute at Athens and a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. He has directed archaeological fieldwork in Greece, United States, and Serbia. Turan Takaoglu is Professor at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey. He excavated the prehistoric settlement of Gulpinar in NW Turkey between 2004 and 2013.


I. PREFACE Acknowledgements INTRODUCTION II. INTRODUCTORY AND OVERARCHING STUDIES Inventing the Final Neolithic C. Renfrew Transformation and changes at the end of the Neolithic K. Kotsakis Village nucleation and centralization in the Later Neolithic of Southeastern Europe: a long-term, comparative approach W.A. Parkinson, W.P. Ridge & A. Gyucha Greece in the fifth and fourth millennia B.C.: searching for the `missing' fourth millennium. A new approach. I. Aslanis The shadowy "Proto-Early Bronze Age" in the Aegean J.E. Coleman & Y. Facorellis Casting doubts on metallurgy and the transition to social complexity: the evidence from the Aegean. M. Mina III. THE BALKANS Settlement pattern changes during the central Balkan Copper Age A. Kapuran, A. Bulatovic & D. Milanovic Modeling the black box. Bulgaria in the 4th millennium BC I. Merkyte Possible approaches to tracing the fate of the population of the Varna, Kodjadermen- Gumelnita-Karanovo VI and Krivodol-Salcuta Cultures. P. Georgieva Kozareva Mogila, a settlement and a necropolis from the west Black Sea region. P. Georgieva, M. Popova & V. Danov Chalcolithic settlement at Varhari: one production and trade center in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains. K. Boyadzhiev & Y. Boyadzhiev The Latest Late Chalcolithic settlement at tell Yunatsite V. Matsanova & T. Mishina Late Chalcolithic cult tables from tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria S. Terzijska-Ignatova Rethinking the absolute chronology of South-Eastern Balkans in the later half of the 5th and in the 4th millennium BC. M. Kufel & L.Pospieszny Graphite and carbon: relative and absolute chronology between the Aegean and the Black Sea in the 5th millennium BC. A. Reingruber The lithic technology on the territory between Lower Danube and Marmara region - 6 th - 5th millenium BC I. Gatsov & P. Nedelcheva Synchronization of the Albanian and north Aegean Late Neolithic periods. New data from the lakeside dwelling of Kallamas (Albania) C. Oberweiler, G. Touchais & P. Lera IV. NORTH GREECE AND THESSALY The chronological and social dimensions of the Late Neolithic I-II and the Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age transitions in a long-lived settlement in northern Greece (Dikili Tash, Kavala district). Z. Tsirtsoni, P. Darcque, H. Koukouli-Chryssanthaki, D. Malamidou & R. Treui. Transformations of space in the Late Neolithic settlements of northern Greece. M. Pappa Visviki Magoula, Thessaly. Reconsidering cultural change from the Arapi to the Dimini phase. E. Alram-Stern The role of Theopetra cave in Thessaly Greece, at the end of the Neolithic. Habitual or symbolic use? N. Kyparissi-Apostolika Beyond transition: tracing eventfulness behind the Middle Neolithic-Late Neolithic ceramic divide. S. Katsarou-Tzeveleki The beast with many heads: assembling bodies and changing history in the fifth millennium BC. S. Nanoglou V. WEST, CENTRAL AND SOUTH GREECE Demographic Transitions from the Earlier Neolithic Stages until the first Early BronzeAge Settlements in the Plains and Hill-Country of Boeotia, Greece. J. Bintliff & K. Sarri Late Neolithic traditions. New evidence from the cave of Sarakenos, Kopais. A. Sampson and V. Mastrogiannopoulou Lion's Cave, Hymettus Mountain, Attica: figurines, structures and material culture associations. L. Karali, F. Mavridis & D. Lambropoulos The Later Neolithic use of the cave Oinoe IV, at Marathon (Attica, Greece): preliminary report. A. Mari The end of the Neolithic in eastern Attica: new data from Kontra Gliate (Kiapha Thiti) and Thorikos Mine 3. M. Nazou The Kastria/Pangali group and the beginning of the Chalcolithic in Southern Greece. S. Dietz & P. Bangsgaard Reading social changes in the Late Neolithic/Final Neolithic transition at Drakaina Cave, Kephalonia, W. Greece G. Stratouli & O. Metaxas Caves and the landscape of Late Neolithic - Early Helladic I Greece: comparing excavation and survey data from the Peloponnese.. D. J. Pullen New evidence for the beginning of habitation at Aigeira / Achaia (Greece). W. Gauss Stones, pots... and now ornaments: revisiting the MN/LN and the LN/FN transitions at Franchthi. C. Perles The EH I cemetery in Kalyvia in ancient Elis. J. Rambach Long-distance exchange of melian obsidian: diachronic changes at the cave site of Alepotrypa, Greece. D. Riebe VI. AEGEAN ISLANDS, CRETE AND CYPRUS Aghios Ioannis, Thasos: the economy of a small coastal site dated to the second half of the fourth millenium BC. S. Papadopoulos, O. Palli, S. Vakirtzi & E. Psathi Neolithic to Chalcolithic transition in the Island of Goekceada (Imbros). B. Erdogu Land Management in the Final Neolithic/Early Bronze Age? Some tantalizing indications from Southern Euboea. Z. Tankosic The Later Neolithic cultures of the Aegean archipelago with special reference to the Cyclades. Connecting strategies of space use. F. Mavridis Strofilas, Andros. New perspectives on the Neolithic Aegean. C. A. Televantou The LN and FN phases on Kos and the Alasarna settlement pattern. M. Georgiadis CRETE Settlement patterns and social organization in Crete during the Final Neolithic and the beginning of the Bronze Age (ca. 3700-3000 BC). K. Nowicki The introduction of pressure blade technologies into Crete in the late 4th millennium BC: where, how and to what end? T. Carter The earliest phase of the FN at Phaistos in a wider Cretan context: new perspectives. S. Di Tonto The FN-EM I transition in south-central Crete: new data from Phaistos. S. Todaro Gavdos or living on the southernmost Aegean island in the Neolithic cultural horizons. K. Kopaka & E. Theou CYPRUS The entry of Cyprus into the circum-Aegean world and the growth of regionalism on the island. E. Peltenburg Rethinking the `Cypriot paradox': socio-economic change in Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic Cyprus. I. Voskos VII. WEST ANATOLIA. The Middle Chalcolithic Period in the Troad: a new look from Gulpinar. T. Takaoglu & A. OEzdemir On the marble conical rhyta: new evidence from Yesiltepe in West Anatolian hinterland. T. Takaoglu & A.O. Bamyaci The Chalcolithic period at Yesilova Hoeyuk. Z. Derin & T. Caymaz What follows the Late Neolithic occupation in Central-Western Anatolia ? A view from Ulucak. OE. Cevik The Chalcolithic of coastal Western Anatolia: a view from Liman Tepe, Izmir. R. Tuncel & V. Sahoglu Interaction as a stimulus? Cukurici Hoeyuk and the transition from the Late Chalcolithic period to the Early Bronze Age in Western Anatolia. B. Horejs & Ch. Schwall The prehistoric culture in Cine-Tepecik and its contribution to the archaeology of the region. S. Gunel Cave habitations in Chalcolithic Lycia. The case of Tavabasi Cave at Tlos. T. Korkut, G. Isin & T. Takaoglu At the crossroads. Changing Chalcolithic settlement patterns in Phrygia, Eskisehir. A. Umut Turkcan VIII. BIBLIOGRAPHY

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