ActaAth-4°, 54: Mastos in the Berbati Valley (2011)


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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 small stronghold in medieval times on its top terrace. A detailed petrographic study of ceramics found at different locales in the valley is also included.


‘List of illustrations’

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‘List of tables’

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Michael Lindblom, ‘Preface’, p. 15

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Berit Wells (†), ‘Introduction’, pp. 17-34

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Emanuel Savini, ‘The topographical survey and the Geographical Information System (GIS)’, pp. 35-42

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Mats Johnson, ‘The Neolithic period’, pp. 43-52

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Michael Lindblom, ‘The Early Helladic period’, pp. 53-75

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Michael Lindblom, ‘The Middle Helladic period’, pp. 77-96

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Lena Klintberg, ‘The Late Helladic period’, pp. 97-118

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Arto Penttinen, ‘The Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods’, pp. 119-124

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Jenni Hjohlman, ‘The Late Antique and Medieval periods’, pp. 125-141

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Ian K. Whitbread, ‘Petrographic analysis of ceramics from the Berbati Valley’, pp. 143-176

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Berit Wells (†) & Michael Lindblom, ‘Conclusions’, pp. 177-179

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Bibliography, pp. 181-189

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Fold-out 1: Map of investigated sites and monuments in the Berbati Valley

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Fold-out 2: Land use and units during the 1999 survey on the Mastos Hill

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Bibliographical information

Michael Lindblom & Berit Wells (eds.), Mastos in the Berbati Valley. An intensive archaeological survey (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Institutet i Athen, 4°, 54), Stockholm 2011. ISSN 0586-0539. ISBN 978-91-7916-058-6. Hardcover: 189 pages.


American Journal of Archaeology 116, 2012 (Paul D. Scotton)
L’Antiquité Classique 81, 2012, 554-556 (R. Orgeolet)

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