EXPLOITATION OF RESOURCES IN THE NEOLITHIC PERIOD OF NORTHERN GREECE: MATERIAL CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

Abstract: 

The close relation between resources (cultural and natural) and human groups has always been a main theme of archaeology. Its significance rose after the processual shift in the 1960s and the resulting influx of adaptive models. However, subsequent scrutiny indicated that the applicability of these systems was compromised by human choices and decisions on the micro scale. Contemporary archaeology stresses the need for detailed examination of these decisions in their specific contexts. This task requires serious theoretical backing, access to high quality archaeological evidence and sophisticated analytical capability.

The project team combines all three:

  • a theoretical framework shaped by an interdisciplinary postgraduate course on human culture and environment, directed by the project leader;
  • full access to new archaeological material;
  • well-established analytical protocols, procedures and state of the art expertise of the team members.

Aim:

  • Understanding the complex, sustainable choices made by the Neolithic groups by employing interdisciplinary scientific analysis.
  • Integration of extensive archaeological sampling and analysis with the application of high-power laboratory techniques.
  • Dissemination in museum exhibitions, museum educational programs, and environmental education.

Workpackages. The whole project is structured in 5 parts:

  • Bioarchaeological study,
  • Pottery analysis,
  • Organic residue analysis of pottery,
  • Final evaluation and synthesis,
  • Dissemination and outreach.

Expected results:

  • A deeper understanding of the conditions of life in the Neolithic Scientific data related to food production and consumption, mobility and permanence of human groups, and their use of material culture.
  • Analytical protocols for complex archaeological questions.
  • Transfer of significant analytical expertise to Greek Universities and labs.
  • Creation of symbolic capital for local communities and stakeholders.

Project info

Acronym:
EXPLORING
Coordinating Institution:
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Scientific Coordinator:
Kotsakis Konstantinos
Research Team 2 Leader:
Urem-Kotsou Dusanka-Christina
Research Team 3 Leader:
Mitkidou Sophia

Stats

I.D.:
1297
Mis:
379445
Budget:
599 400.00

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