FRANCHTHI CAVE - 2010
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American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Franchthi Cave. K.D. Vitelli (ASCSA) reports. Following C. Perlès establishment of a preliminary phasing of Neolithic ornaments based on the two main Cave trenches, FAS and FAN, the 2010 study season aimed to obtain a more representative sample to further understanding of spatial variation. Shell bags were re-sorted for B/E balk, H2A, H pedestal, L5 NE and Q/R, and all ornaments from these trenches were recorded and studied in detail. Microwear study of all ornaments from FAN and FAS, aimed at discriminating between locally manufactured categories of ornaments and ready-made imports, was completed. Clear associations between raw material, manufacturing procedures and presence/absence of wear traces are noted.The ‘fired steatite beads’ in particular show almost no sign of use, and may have been locally produced. XRF analysis was used to test for the presence of potential glaze, with ambiguous results.
Zooarchaeological and taphonomic analysis of faunal remains from FAS units 207-227, representing the Aurignacian and Gravettoid occupations, was completed. This expands the available sample for these cultural horizons from the limited data already obtained from H1B. In addition to providing further information on prey choice, body part representation, and taphonomy, this expanded sample will help to establish whether environmental change from wetter to drier conditions occurred between the two periods.
Unpublished field report, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
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