Two Early Helladic II terracotta rollers from Asine and their glyptic context
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Opuscula 11 (2018) is available for purchase at Distributed by ab Two Early Helladic II terracotta rollers from Asine and their glyptic context By Michael Lindblom, Gullög Nordquist & Hans Mommsen Abstract Two Early Helladic II terracotta rollers from the Third Terrace at Asine are presented. The objects, used to impress relief decoration on pithoi and hearths, are unique in that no other examples are known from the Early Bronze Age Aegean. Their origin is discussed based on chemical characterization and their depositional contexts are reviewed from an archaeological perspective. Although there are no known impressions from these rollers on pithoi and hearths at Asine, it is shown that their owners surrounded themselves with different objects featuring similar glyptic impressions. Two such impressions find identical parallels at Tiryns and the combined evidence strongly suggest that Asine was the home for one or several potters who produced Early Helladic impressed hearths and pithoi. Bibliographical information Michael Lindblom, Gullög Nordquist & Hans Mommsen, ’Two Early Helladic II terracotta rollers from Asine and their glyptic context’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 11, Stockholm 2018, 81–96. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977799-0-6.

Preliminary report of the Malthi Archaeological Project, 2015–2016

Opuscula 11 (2018) is available for purchase at Distributed by ab Preliminary report of the Malthi Archaeological Project, 2015–2016 By Rebecca Worsham, Michael Lindblom & Claire Zikidi Abstract This article offers preliminary results and tentative interpretations of new work at the previously excavated settlement of Malthi in Messenia, south-west Pelopponese. The work included an intensive survey of the site architecture, as well as test excavations of spaces within and outside of the fortification wall. We propose updated observations on the chronology and phasing of the site based on pottery dates from the new excavation and comment on the preserved architecture as it compares to other settlements of the period. The settlement appears to have been first inhabited in the second half of the Middle Helladic period. Little, if any, architecture from this phase can be securely identified today. At the beginning of the Late Helladic period a fortification was erected, and the entire layout of the site was transformed. The construction likely took place as a single project, as argued by the original excavator, and so indicates a significant investment of labor and capital. Such an undertaking speaks not only to local access to wealth at this time,…

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Forskartorget, lördag 29/9 14:30–14:45  Svensk arkeologi – äventyr i Etrurien Hur såg vardagslivet och bostadshusen ut i Italien innan romarrikets erövringar? Svenska forskare har sedan 1950-talet gjort viktiga bidrag till forskningen om dessa frågor och arbetet med att förstå den etruskiska kulturen fortsätter än idag. Medverkande: Fredrik Tobin (Svenska institutet i Rom) 14:55–15:10  Svensk arkeologi i bronsålderns Grekland Sedan sent 1800-tal har svenska forskare undersökt ett flertal platser från den sena bronsålderns Grekland (1650–1050 f.Kr.). Presentationen beskriver frågor vi ställt och trender i utforskandet av en period som ligger i gränssnittet mellan skriftlös förhistoria och textburen historia. Medverkande: Michael Lindblom (Svenska institutet i Athen) 15:20–15:35  Osman Hamdi Bey – en osmansk modernist Den turkiske mångsysslaren Osman Hamdi Bey (1842–1910) var en nytänkande målare, jurist och arkeolog, direktör för det första arkeologiska museet i Istanbul, ledde utgrävningar i Anatolien och i Libanon, och låg bakom en förordning som förbjöd historiska artefakter från att smugglas utomlands. Medverkande: Gertrud Olsson (Svenska forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul) ab:s monter (B05:70), torsdag 27/9–lördag 29/9 Torsdag 27/9: Bilder av antiken 13:20–14:00  Plats: Pompeji Samtal om Pompeji som romersk hamnstad, arkeologisk utgrävningsplats, katastrofområde, tidlös inspirationskälla och en folkets historia. Medverkande: Anne-Marie Leander Touati (Svenska institutet i Rom), Henrik…

Mastos in the Berbati Valley

Now available for purchase and free download at Also available at,,, and Mastos in the Berbati Valley. An intensive archaeological survey By Michael Lindblom & Berit Wells (eds.) This study presents the results of a small but intensive surface survey conducted on the Mastos Hill in the Berbati Valley in 1999. While remains from the Early and Late Helladic period were known from previous excavations on its southern and eastern slopes, this is the first analysis of the entire hill. It includes a digital documentation of the local topography as well as an account of the archaeological remains retrieved in the field. The study fills a gap in different data sets and results gained through old excavations and the extensive 1988–1990 Berbati-Limnes survey. The introductory chapter summarizes previous work in the valley, discusses its ancient routes of communication and outlines the method employed in the archaeological survey. This is followed by an account of the topographical survey and the geographical information system used. In the six following chapters the archaeological remains are presented and analyzed in a diachronic fashion. It is concluded that the hill was predominantely settled in prehistory with the exception of a…

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