Fieldnotes: News Briefs

Brief news items on the AIA professional membership and newsworthy activities in the field, including links to recently published institutional press releases or articles in the media.

Owen Jarus, The Independent
May 5, 2010
A team of archaeologists have discovered a fortification system at the Minoan town of Gournia, a discovery which rebukes the popular myth that the Minoans were a peaceful society with no need for defensive structures. The team's efforts were led by Professor Vance Watrous and Matt Buell of the University at Buffalo. Located on the north coast, Gournia was in use during the neo-palatial period (ca. 1700-1450 BC), when Minoan civilization was at its height. The town sits atop a low ridge with four promontories on its coastline. Two of these promontories end in high vertical cliffs that give the town a defensive advantage, and it is here that the fortification system was discovered.
The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw
April 7, 2010
Aegean Archaeology is published by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and co-edited in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The journal encourages contributions that concern the Aegean world – the cultures and societies that comprised the civilizations of the Aegean basin and its bordering regions, principally the Greek and Anatolian Aegean in the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Early Iron Age and Archaic periods.
University of Michigan News Service
March 29, 2010
2009 discovery of an unusual Roman lead sarcophagus at Gabii, located 11 miles east of Rome in modern-day Lazio. The University of Michigan's Gabii Project was launched in 2007 with the objective of studying and excavating the Latin city of Gabii, a city-state that was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BC. Located in the region of Italy once known as Latium, the site of Gabii was occupied since at least the tenth century BC until its decline in the second and third centuries AD.
Owen Jarus for Heritage Key
March 29, 2010
A team of archaeologists has unearthed five chamber tombs in the Nemea Valley, just a few hours walk from the ancient city of Mycenae. The tombs date from ca. 1350 – 1200 BC, roughly the same time that Mycenae was thriving. The people buried in the tombs were likely not from the city itself, but rather from Tsoungiza, an agricultural settlement that lies next to it. The cemetery has been named Ayia Sotira. But despite a wealth of human remains, there have been no discoveries of elite burials. Are the archaeologists yet to discover the prize tombs, or could this be evidence of ancient egalitarian society?
New York Times
February 16, 2010
John Noble Wilford's article on the Plakias Survey, identifying sites associated with caves and rockshelters and collecting stone artifacts attributable to the Mesolithic and the Lower Palaeolithic periods.