Ancient Methone 2003-2013 (2 Volumes)


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Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 49
ISBN: 978-1-950446-28-5
Publication Date: Apr 2023
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Sarah P. Morris and John K. Papadopoulos

Excavations at ancient Methone since 2003 by the Greek Ministry of Culture have uncovered remains from the Late Neolithic period through the fourth-century B.C. destruction by Philip II of Macedon. 

These discoveries extend the history of the city, a colony of Eretria (Euboia) since the late eighth century B.C., by nearly three thousand years into Greek prehistory. This volume presents results of the project in selected artefacts, burials, and structures representing the chief phases of the city, in chronological order. An introduction covers historical sources, excavations from 2003 to 2013, and the unique location of Methone. Part I details the prehistoric settlement at Methone, from the fourth millennium to 1000 B.C., and the Bronze Age burials.

Part II focuses on the copious artifacts and ecofacts from the Early Iron Age “Hypogeion” shaft. Part III presents artifacts and architecture from the Archaic and Classical periods, through the final daysof the siege of the city in 354 B.C. The significance of this work lies in its interdisciplinary methods, combining stylistic analysis of artifacts and source-critical philology with natural history, bioarchaeology, materials analysis, and geochemistry, whose results reveal the long-term history of a site crucial to the economic and political history of Classical Greece and the north Aegean.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ancient Methone Archaeological Project. John K. Papadopoulos and Sarah P. Morris (with contributions by Antonis Kotsonas) 

Chapter 1 Excavations at Methone (2003-2013). Matthaios Bessios, Athena Athanassiadou, and Konstantinos Noulas 

Chapter 2 Methone in Ancient Sources. Yannis Z. Tzifopoulos 

Chapter 3 At the Water’s Edge. Samantha L. Martin-McAuliffe 

PART I. METHONE BEFORE ERETRIA: THE LATE NEOLITHIC THROUGH EARLY IRON AGE SETTLEMENT 

Chapter 4 The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Settlement and Pottery. Marianna Nikolaidou 

Chapter 5 The Middle and Late Bronze Age Pottery. Trevor Van Damme 

Chapter 6 The Late Bronze Age Cemetery. Sarah P. Morris, Sevi Triantaphyllou, and Vaso Papathanasiou (With Contributions by John K. Papadopoulos, Vanessa Muros, Brian Damiata, and John Southon) 

Chapter 7 The Early Iron Age Settlement and Pottery: An Overview. John K. Papadopoulos 

PART II. TRADE, INDUSTRY, AND LIFEWAYS IN EARLY IRON AGE 

METHONE: THE HYPOGEION 

Chapter 8 The Excavation of the Hypogeion. Matthaios Bessios 

Chapter 9 Catalogue of Select Pottery from the Hypogeion. Matthaios Bessios 

Chapter 10 Lifeways and Foodways in Iron Age Methone: A Perishable Material Culture Approach. Alexandra Livarda, Rena Veropoulidou, Anastasia Vasileiadou, and Llorenç Picornell-Gelabert 

Chapter 11 Inscriptions, Graffiti/Dipinti, and (Trade)Marks at Methone (ca. 700 B.C.). Yannis Z. Tzifopoulos 

Chapter 12 Why was Methone Colonized? Transport Amphoras and Greek Colonization between History and Archaeology. Antonis Kotsonas 

Chapter 13 Metallurgical Activity at Methone: The Evidence of the Stone Artifacts from the Hypogeion. Ioannis Manos and Ioannis Vlastaridis 

Chapter 14 Metallurgical Ceramics from the Hypogeion. Samuel Verdan 

Chapter 15 Metal Finds from the Hypogeion. John K. Papadopoulos 

Chapter 16 Clay Textile Tools from Methone: Spindlewhorls and Loomweights from the Hypogeion. Sarah P. Morris 

Chapter 17 Cut Sherd Disks from the Hypogeion. John K. Papadopoulos 

PART III. METHONE IN THE ARCHAIC AND CLASSICAL PERIODS 

Chapter 18 Building A on the East Hill of Ancient Methone. Samantha L. Martin-McAuliffe 

Chapter 19 a) Pottery Workshops of Ancient Methone. Matthaios Bessios b) Archaic Pottery from the Acropolis (West Hill) of Ancient Methone. Matthaios Bessios and Konstantinos Noulas

Chapter 20 The Role of Methone in the Macedonian Timber Trade. Angelos Boufalis 

Chapter 21 Trade in the Archaic North Aegean: Transport Amphoras from the West Hill of Methone. Alexandra Kasseri 

Chapter 22 The East Greek Fine Pottery. John K. Papadopoulos 

Chapter 23 a) Selected Attic Black-Figure and Red-Figure Pottery from Methone. Seth Pevnick b) An Attic Red-Figure Cup by the Bonn Painter from Methone. Maria Tolia-Christakou 

Chapter 24 Terracotta Lamps. John K. Papadopoulos 

Chapter 25 Early Glass in Methone. Despina Ignatiadou (With a Contribution by Elissavet Dotsika, Petros Karalis, and Antonio Longinelli) 

Chapter 26 Metal Objects in Archaic and Classical Methone: Acropolis and its East Slope, the Agora, and the South Harbor Area. John K. Papadopoulos 

Chapter 27 Jewelry Molds from Methone from the Stamatios Tsakos Collection in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Styliana Galiniki 

Chapter 28 The Lead Sling-Bullets from Methone: Warfare (Un)inscribed. Angelos Boufalis, Androniki Oikonomaki, and Yannis Z. Tzifopoulos 

Chapter 29 The Ancient Agora of Methone: Pottery from the Destruction Layer. Athena Athanassiadou