[July 2019]
Therasia II. Historicizing Prehistory: The historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866.

A series of studies on the historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866, the first in the Aegean, at the time of the volcanic eruption. The unprecedented phenomena, both archaeological and geological, inspired geologists and archaeologists to collaborate on the development of new, mainly evolutionary theories on the pre-hellenic past.
   
  [December 2018]
Arachne 5

The new volume of Arachne comprises papers presented at two conferences. The first is the workshop Weaving the Past: The archaeology of textiles and textile production in Greece in the first millennium BC, held at the British School at Athens on 18 March 2016. The second is the workshop ARTEX: Study and Promotion of Archaeological Textiles in Greece, held on 1 October 2016.
   
  [September 2016]
Vrysinas II - The Pottery of the 1972-1973 excavation

This volume is the second in the series of published archaeological material from the Vrysinas Peak Sanctuary, covering the pottery from the 1972-73 excavation. Apart from the basic presentation of the pottery via illustrations, photographs and descriptions, and of its chronological and typological context, the main themes developed are the analysis of human activity at the site as evidenced by the pottery (e.g. large-scale communal meals), the offerings of material and immaterial goods (the ritual), and the visitors' origins.
   
 
 

Members:
Tzachili Iris
Daskalakis Nikos

  Collaborators:
Vakirtzi Sophia
Vaitsaras Giannis
Ioakeimidou Lito
Douskos Dimitra
Patera Maria
   
   
 

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Therasia II, Historicizing Prehistory
The historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866.

Edited by:
Dimitra Douskos, Alexandre Farnoux and Iris Tzachili

In January 1866, an important event shook the lives of the inhabitants of Santorini as well as of the entire South Aegean and Crete all while attracting considerable scientific and political interest. In the large enclosed gulf between Thera and Therasia, a series of eruptions, the emergence of new islands and the submersion of others, heralded the volcanic phenomena that were to last until October 1870. It was in this context that a prehistoric building was unexpectedly discovered on Therasia in the course of mining works carried out to support the opening of the Suez Canal. The dwelling was the first of its kind in Greece, well ahead of Troy, Knossos and Mycenae. Thanks to significant developments in the new sciences (geology, biology, paleontology) accompanied by theoretical elaborations and universalist historical approaches in the nascent fields of archaeology, sociology and anthropology, the eruption became a landmark in volcanology. But not its concomitant prehistoric find. In archaeology, the second half of the 19th century is also a formative period for a discipline obsessed by Classical Greece and Rome and the early pre-historians methodologically often follow the geosciences, mainly with Palaeolithic research in France and Spain. This volume explores the manifold and unexpected aspects of the interaction between political, natural and scientific developments brought about by the new data from the Gulf of Thera in the slow recognition of what "Greece" was "before legend and before history"...