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The Definition of Late Helladic I Revisited
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Classical archaeology and ancient history.
2010 (English)In:  :  , 2010Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In an endnote of Dickinson’s (1974) paper on the definition of Late Helladic I, the author

referred to the ongoing work at Ayios Stephanos as potentially important for our

understanding of the origin of Lustrous Mycenaean Decorated (LDM) pottery. The final

publication of the potterysequence at the settlement justifies a review of how this “transition

to Mycenaean” is identified. The possibility to split LH I into at least two parts –an early

“becoming” with limited means of recognition outside Laconia, and a later “being”

identifiable over considerable areas of the Greek Mainland –leave us with the conclusion that

the “becoming” and hence beginning of LH I cannot be monitored outside ist initial core area

with the same set of diagnostic tools (as the later ‘being’ stage). In published deposits from

the NE Peloponnese LDM pottery appears in analytically meaningful quantities only in the

later phase. The pottery from the Lerna shaft grave fills is used to show that LH I Late on the

NE Peloponnese is contemporary with the volcanic destruction level (VDL) at Akrotiri and

the mature LM IA. Because of the large size of the Lerna shaft graves assemblages, their

well-defined ceramic range, and intersecting position between southern and central Greece,

they offers additional tools to sequence and evaluate LH I/LC I in other deposits.

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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-161974OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-161974DiVA: diva2:458005
Mycenaeans Up to Date: The Archaeology of the NE Peloponnese – Current Concepts and New Directions 10-14 Nov 2010 Athens Greece
Available from: 2011-11-21 Created: 2011-11-21 Last updated: 2012-07-20Bibliographically approved

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