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The Cave of the Cyclops: Mesolithic and Neolithic Networks in the Northern Aegean, Greece. Volume I: Intra-Site Analysis, Local Industries, and Regional Site Distribution


By Adamantios Sampson

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This is the first volume detailing the excavation of the “Cave of the Cyclops” on the island of Youra in the North Aegean. The cave was occupied at various times from the Mesolithic through Roman periods. The setting and stratigraphy of the cave and a survey of the area are discussed. The Mesolithic and Neolithic ceramic, lithic, and small finds are organized into catalogs. Additionally, this volume provides insight into the means of survival and the flowering of culture on Youra during the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods, and it presents the connections between this outlying area and mainland Greece.

Contents: 1. Cave Setting and Stratigraphy (A. Sampson); 2. Pottery Analysis of the Neolithic Period (A. Sampson); 3. Middle Neolithic Weavers Paint: Red Painted Patterns as Markers of the Local Group’s Identity (S. Katsarou-Tzeveleki); 4. Late Neolithic Painted and Burnished Decorated Wares (F. Mavridis); 5. Pottery Analysis of the Bronze Age and Historical Periods (A. Sampson); 6. Lamps of the Roman Period (G.B. Koutsouflakis); 7. Ground Stone Tools Stone Objects, and Miscellaneous Finds (A. Sampson, with a contribution by L. Orphanidis); 8. The Chipped Stone Artifacts (M. Kaczanowska and J.K. Kozlowski); 9. Survey in the Deserted Islands of the Northern Sporades (A. Sampson); 10. History of Animal Husbandry and Agriculture on Youra and the Neighboring Islands of the Northern Sporades (A. Sampson); 11. A Mesolithic Cranial Vault and Other Human Remains (N. Poulianos); 12. Conclusions (A. Sampson).

Hardback: 488 pp., 35 tbs, 127 b/w figs, 37 b/w pls.
(Prehistory Monographs 21, INSTAP Academic Press, 2008)

ISBN-10: 1-931534-20-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-931534-20-8

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