Intra-settlement use of space in Late Bronze Age mainland Greece: a preliminary archaeobotanical study on crop storage and refuse disposal strategies in the 2nd millennium BC

  • Angeliki Karathanou LIRA Laboratory, Dept. of Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, AUTH campus, 54636, Thessaloniki

Abstract

Preliminary archaeobotanical data are used to explore crop storage and refuse disposal strategies in four LBA settlements of mainland Greece, attempting to reconstruct intra-settlement use of space in the of 2nd mil. BC Aegean. Two taphonomic factors are especially considered, sampling strategy and destruction by fire. Results show that both greatly affect the archaeobotanical visibility of storage and refuse. Though further analysis is needed, there is evidence showing short-term crop storage in the palace of Ayios Vassileios, at least circumstantially and possibly intended for ceremonial consumption, and possibly at Mitrou. At Kynos, another simple Mycenaean settlement, long-term storage was practiced at a house-hold level reminiscent at different respects patterns evidenced in the North. Thessaloniki Toumba seems rather dirty, with refuse deposited indiscriminately within settlement space and its composition strikingly different compared to the southern Mycenaean settlements, palatial or not, potentially reflecting regional level differences in refuse disposal strategies.

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Published
2019-07-09