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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


Edited by Adamantios Sampson
Contributions by Yannis Bassiakos, Androniki Drivaliari, Yorgos Facorellis, Chryssanthi Ioakim, Lilian Karali, Ioannis Liritzis, Antiklia Moundrea-Agrafioti, Dimitra Mylona, Maria Ntinou, Konstantina Papakosta, Judith Powell, Anaya Sarpaki, Katie Theodorakopoulou, and Katerina Trantalidou

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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.

Contents: Introduction; 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; Bibliography; Index.

Hardback: 420 pages; 104 tables in text, 95 b/w ills. in text
(Prehistory Monographs 31, INSTAP Academic Press, 2011).

ISBN 13: 978-1-931534-59-8

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