Pylos Regional Archaeological Project, Part VIII: Lithics and Landscapes: A Messenian Perspective

by William A. Parkinson and John F. Cherry

Hesperia, Volume 79, Issue 1
Page(s): 1-51
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40835453
Year: 2010


The authors document and discuss the chipped stone assemblage collected by the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project in Messenia, Greece, during three seasons of surface investigations conducted between 1992 and 1994. The article begins with a brief description of the basic characteristics of the PRAP chipped stone assemblage. This section is followed by a discussion of the diachronic social processes that can be inferred from the patterns in the assemblage, from the Middle Palaeolithic through historical periods. The article concludes with a comparative analysis of how the distribution of chipped stone in the Messenian landscape relates to comparable evidence from survey projects elsewhere in the Aegean.