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Crossroads and Boundaries
The Archaeology of Past and Present in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus, AASOR 65

Edited by Michael K. Toumazou, P. Nick Kardulias and Derek B. Counts

Crossroads and Boundaries
Hardback, 400 pages £15.00
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9780897570862
Format: 280mm x 210mm
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Subjects: American Schools of Oriental Research, Archaeology
Series: Annual of ASOR

Includes 167 figures, 16 tables and 2 maps.

Since 1990, the Athienou Archaeological Project (AAP) has investigated the Malloura valley on the edge of the central Mesaoria plain near the modern town of Athienou, Cyprus. Excavations have concentrated on the Archaic-to-Roman sanctuary and the adjacent settlement and cemeteries at the ancient site of Malloura. Survey in the Malloura valley has revealed other sites ranging from Aceramic Neolithic through Cypro-Classical, Roman and Late Medieval up to hamlets abandoned only in the 20th century. This research has focused on how successive rural populations in the Malloura valley have adapted to local environmental changes and shifting political tides in the region, and how this adaptation is reflected in the archaeological, historical, and ethnographic record recovered by the project and reported in this volume.


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Section I — Background Research

1 Research by Design: An Integrated Approach to Culture Contact in the Malloura Valley (P. N. Kardulias, D. B. Counts, and M. K. Toumazou)

2 Environmental Context of the Athienou Archaeological Project (R. W. Yerkes)

3 The Historical Background: Regional Chronology and Local History (J. M. Gordon, P. N. Kardulias, and M. K. Toumazou)

4 A History of Archaeological Activity in the Athienou Region (D. B. Counts)

5 M apping Malloura: A Carto-Historical Survey from the E arly Modern Period to the Present (D. B. Counts and J. A. Parvis)

Section II — Archaeology in Practice: Excavation and Survey in the Malloura Valley

6 E xcavations at Malloura (1990–2010): Context, Methods, and Results (M. K. Toumazou and D. B. Counts)

7 The Malloura Valley Survey (P. N. Kardulias and R. W. Yerkes)

Section III — The Objects of Archaeology: Daily Life and Ritual in the Malloura Valley

8 Flaked Stone Artifacts from the Malloura Valley Survey and their Cypriot Context (P. N. Kardulias and R. W. Yerkes)

9 Pots for Goods and for the Gods: The Iron Age Ceramics from the Malloura Sanctuary (S. Fourrier)

10 The Ritual Context of the Malloura Terracotta Figurines (E. W. Averett)

11 Local Styles and Regional Trends in Cypriot Limestone Sculpture: The Athienou School (D. B. Counts)

12 Cypriot Pan at the Crossroads in Late Classical and Hellenistic Cyprus: The Evidence from Athienou-Malloura (C. M. Cofer)

13 Writing from Unknown Hands: A Selection of Inscriptions from Athienou-Malloura (E. Cova)

14 Lux Aeterna: The Terracotta Lamps from the Hellenistic and Roman Tombs at Athienou-Magara Tepesi (J. M. Gordon)

15 Athienou Archaeological Project Survey Pottery (R. S. Moore and T. E. Gregory)

16 Textile Production at Athienou-Malloura? The Case for the Processing of Flax in the Venetian Period (M. DeMasi)

17 A groindustrial Installations in the Malloura Valley (M. Spigelman)

Section IV — Bioarchaeology and Physical Remains: New Light from Old Bones

18 Faunal Remains from Athienou (D. S. Reese)

19 Burial Treatment Based on Kinship? The Hellenistic–Roman and Venetian-Period Tombs in the Malloura Valley (N. K. Harper and T. A. Tung)

20 Trade or Trousseau: Skeletal Evidence for Spinning and Weaving in Medieval Athienou-Malloura (N. K. Harper)

Section V — Problem Solving in Archaeology: Methods and Innovations

21 Geophysical Prospection at Malloura (A. Sarris)

22 Viewing the Digital Landscape: The Use of GIS in the Malloura Valley Survey (D. Massey and P. N. Kardulias)

23 Exploring Sacred Space: GIS Applications for Analyzing the Athienou-Malloura Sanctuary (N. G. Blackwell and J. A. Johnson)

24 The Chemistry of Malloura: Adventures in Anthrosol Analysis (R. F. Beeston)

Section VI — The Role of Archaeology: The Past in the Present

25 Site Conservation and Planning at Malloura (M. Breuker and R. Breuker)

26 Viewing the Past through the Present: Ethnoarchaeological Studies of Population and Ancient Agriculture (R. W. Yerkes)

27 A rchaeology and the Structure of Community Relations in Athienou (P. N. Kardulias, M. K. Toumazou, and D. B. Counts)

Conclusion (P. N. Kardulias, D. B. Counts, and M. K. Toumazou)

About the Editors

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Michael K. Toumazou is Professor of Classics at Davidson College in Charlotte, NC. In 1990, Toumazou launched an archaeological dig in his native Cyprus that he initially estimated to require three to five years. More than twenty years later, Toumazou and his team have discovered at least 120 Cypriot artifacts, which are displayed in a museum in the area.

P. Nick Kardulias is Professor and Chair of the Department of Archaeology  at the College of Wooster. An expert in the archeology and ethnography of the Mediterranean region, the archaeology of North America, political anthropology, world systems theory, ancient trade systems, and analysis of stone tools, Kardulias currently serves as field coordinator of the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia in Greece, associate director of the Athienou Archaeological Project in Cyprus, and director of the Kokosing River Basin Archaeological Survey in Central Ohio.

Derek B. Counts is an associate professor within the art history department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His research and teaching interests include classical archaeology and art with a special emphasis on the material culture of Greece, Cyprus, and the eastern Mediterranean; ancient religious practice and associated iconography; Greek sculpture; identity in ancient contact zones; and "globalization" in the ancient world and postcolonial theory.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 400 pages
 280mm x 210mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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