With the long-awaited publication of these three volumes we have the first thorough documentation of one of the most important prehistoric sites in the Mediterranean, that of Franchthi Cave in the Argolid Peninsula of Greece." -American Anthropologist
... the archaeological and paleoenvironmental data from Franchthi Cave are unique in providing a site-specific record of the cultural responses to great environmental changes." -Quarterly Research
This volume describes the evolution of the landscape around Franchthi Cave over 25,000 years, its impact on prehistoric inhabitants, and theirs on it.
Foreword (T.W. Jacobsen) Preface (Tjeerd H. van Andel) Part I. The Landscape (Tjeerd H. van Andel) Chapter One The Modern Landscape/Physiography and Climate/Vegtation/Geological History (C.J. Vitaliano)/Water and Other Resources (Tj. H van Andel and C.J. Vitaliano) Chapter Two Soils and Alluvium/Erosion, Alluviation, and Soil Formation/The Late Quaternary Record/Causes of Soil Erosion and Alluviation Chapter Three The Adjacent Sea/Late Quaternary Sea Level History/Pleistocene and Holocene Shores at Franchthi/The Sea Around the Argolid Chapter Four Evolution of the Franchthi Landscape (Tj. H. Van Andel and J.M. Hansen) Part II. The People ( Susan B. Sutton) Chapter Five The Franchthi Region in Modern Times/Conditions in the Early Eighteenth Century/Expansion and Revolution/Shifting Fortunes, Shifting Strategies/Nineteenth Century Adaptations in Maritime Commerce/The Crisis in Greek Shipping and Twentieth Century Adaptations/The Range of Current Economic Activities/Modern Settlement Patterns/Contrasts and Continuities with Antiquity Notes References Cited Plates