Lithics in Neolithic Northern Greece: territorial perspectives from an off-obsidian area

  • Georgia Kourtessi-Philippakis University of Athens
Keywords: Neolithic, northern Greece, chipped stone industries, Dikili Tash-honey-Balkan flint

Abstract

C. Renfrew’s research in the Aegean at the beginning of the 1970’s and his hypothesis on the diffusion of obsidian from the island of Milos greatly influenced views of Greek Prehistory. Further lithic studies, especially in the Southern Aegean, have served to further confirmation the prevalence of obsidian in this area during the Neolithic. The aim of this paper is to draw attention to areas such as Northern Greece that are situated on the periphery of the Melian obsidian domain, where local materials occur in connection with imported ones from the North and South. With the aid of various examples from major Neolithic sites, we will discuss the question of procurement strategies in association with the reduction sequences of each material in use in this region, and outline trends of territorial organization among Neolithic farmers in the area.

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Published
2009-12-31
How to Cite
Kourtessi-PhilippakisG. (2009). Lithics in Neolithic Northern Greece: territorial perspectives from an off-obsidian area. Documenta Praehistorica, 36, 305-312. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.36.19
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