Thessaly during the Neolithic was a rather densely populated area, characterised by rich pottery production.
Previous archaeometric research on Neolithic pottery from this area verified the circulation of decorated and undecorated pottery, especially during the Late Neolithic. The detection of different production centres, most frequently ware-specific, and the distribution patterns of the pottery produced, had significant connotations for the unravelling of the complex relations and exchange networks developed between settlements in Thessaly, with some playing noticeably different roles.
Building upon these conclusions and using Thessaly as a case-study and a starting point, the main research objective of the present project is to explore the technological landscape created via mobility networks through Thessaly, Central Greece and their interface zone during the Middle and Late Neolithic. Towards this end, sixteen ceramic assemblages from Thessaly and Central Greece have been chosen in order to illuminate issues like a) pottery technology, production and circulation during the Neolithic period at Thessaly and adjacent areas, and b) the technological landscape created via mobility networks through Thessaly, Central Greece and their interface zone.
Intra- and ultra-regional connectivity as expressed on material culture, especially pottery, is investigated via an integrated approach including ceramic petrology, experimentation with raw materials, and in-depth comparison to a large body of petrographic and chemical analyses datasets.
Ceramic petrographer and main investigator: Dr Areti Pentedeka (Fitch Laboratory, BSA)
Collaborators: Univ.-Doz. Dr E. Alram-Stern (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Prof. Emeritus J. Coleman (Cornell University)
Dr. A. Douzougli (Archaeological Institute of Epirotic Studies)
Dr Y. Hamilakis (University of Southampton)
Prof. K. Kotsakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Dr N. Kyparissi-Apostolika (Ephoreia of Paleoanthropology-Speleology of Southern Greece)
Dr. L. Papazoglou, K. Paschalidis (National Archaeological Museum)
Dr V. Rondiri (ΙΓ΄ ΕΠΚΑ)
Prof. G. Schneider (Freie Universität Berlin)
Mr. G. Toufexis (ΙΕ΄ ΕΠΚΑ)
Funding: Institute for Aegean Prehistory, Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung