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Community engagement through archaeological ethnography: learning in situ with a field school in Gonies Maleviziou, Crete.

Philioremos means ‘friend of the solitary’. And when on top of this Minoan peak sanctuary, which dates back to c.1800BC, you can feel why. A hill much lower than the imposing Ida Mountains in the south, it nonetheless commands an impressive 360° view of the surrounding mountain valley. Standing on top, usually ducking to avoid

Illegal trade in antiquities: a scourge that has gone on for millennia too long

Looting of artefacts has always been a sign of military might or economic power. Over millennia, conquering generals would take away with them trophies to adorn their cities. In more recent centuries, the wealthy upper classes would make “grand tours” of classical sites and acquire – through whatever means – anything from vases to statues

Discovering the Archaeologists of Africa Launches

You are invited to participate in the Discovering the Archaeologists of Africa project.  This project aims to bring a general perspective on who works in African archaeology and the ways that archaeology is done in African countries.  In this first stage of the project, we are asking people to complete a short survey that asks

Monuments in Ruins, Ruins as Monument Evaluation, Protection, Enhancement & Management

Ruins, archaeological and historical, present a special category of monuments that ensue as a result of natural wear and tear, abrupt natural catastrophes, use, abandonment or intentional destruction. They represent extreme cases of monumentality because they can accept no other use but their ruinous state of existence. Ruins as physical remains present materiality, as lacunae

“Weaving” the textile heritage of Gonies in Crete

The “loom-project” was centered on women’s weaving practices and drew upon art and ethnographic methods.

New evidence on the use of serpentinite in the Minoan architecture. A μ-Raman based study of the “House of the High Priest” drain in Knossos

Written by Giannis Grammatikakis (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.09.029) Serpentinites have been widely used as a raw material in a huge variety of shapes during the Minoan period, mainly for the construction of artifacts both for domestic use as well as religious purposes. According to Warren (1969), almost half of the entire corpus of the Minoan stone vases is consisted

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