The Cave of the Cyclops: Mesolithic and Neolithic Networks in the Northern Aegean, Greece: Volume II - Bone Tool Industries, Dietary Resources and the Paleoenvironment, and Archeometrical Studies [Hardback]

Adamantios Sampson(Editor)

ISBN: 9781931534598 | Published by: INSTAP Academic Press (Institute for Aegean Prehistory) | Series: Prehistory Monographs | Volume: 31 | Year of Publication: 2011 | Language: English 340p, 102 tbls, 4 col illus, 98 b/w illus.
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The Cave of the Cyclops: Mesolithic and Neolithic Networks in the Northern Aegean, Greece


This book completes the two-part series that serves as the final report for the excavation of the Cave of the Cyclops on the island of Youra in the Northern Sporades of Greece, a site that was occasionally occupied from the Mesolithic through Roman period. The second volume contains the results of detailed studies on the archaeological material, organic remains, and archeometric analyses that complete the image of this significant archaeological site. These studies help to further distinguish the main characteristics of the Mesolithic culture in the Aegean basin, including: the intense exploitation of sea resources, limited hunting activities, the collection of native fruits and land snails to supplement the diet, and attempts at domestication by isolated island communities.

Table of Contents

1. The Mesolithic and Neolithic Bone Implements (Antiklia Moundrea-Agrafioti)
2. From Mesolithic Fishermen and Bird Hunters to Neolithic Goat Herders: The Mammal and Bird Bone Assemblage (Katerina Trantalidou)
3. The Non-vertebral Fish Bones (Judith Powell)
4. Fish Vertebrae (Dimitra Mylona)
5. Malacological Material (Lilian Karali)
6. Palynological Evidence (Chryssanthi Ioakim)
7. Charcoal Analysis (Maria Ntinou) 8. Archeobotanical Seed Remains (Anaya Sarpaki)
9. Neolithic Pottery: A Characterization Study (Konstantina Papakosta)
10. Sequential Radiocarbon Dating and Calculation of the Marine Reservoir Effect (Yorgos Facorellis)
11. Clastic Sediments (Katie Theodorakopoulou and Yannis Bassiakos)
12. Stable Isotopic Analysis of the Mollusk Shells (Ioannis Liritzis, Androniki Drivaliari and Adamantios Sampson)

Reviews & Quotes

"This book will be worth reading for anyone interested in early Mediterranean seafaring, the Greek Mesolithic and Neolithic, and questions of neolithization generally.'"
Seth Button, Salt Lake City
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (October 2011)

"Excavated at a time when the systematic integration of environmental sampling into archaeology was at an incipient phase, the inclusion of such a broad array of methodologies at Youra—despite the reported sampling and recovery problems—deserves praise for producing a rich set of assemblages that document a poorly known period in southern Europe as a whole. As a result, the volume reviewed here will long be important for our understanding of the Mesolithic of southern Europe."
Susan E. Allen
American Journal Of Archaeology (January 2014)

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