Tristan Carter (Stanford)
Tania Gerousi (Fitch Laboratory, BSA)
The regular recovery of chipped and ground stone artefacts was an integral
part of KIP's tract-walking and site collection strategies, and has
generated ca. 4977 examples of the former and ca. 300 of the latter.
|Obsidian point and local lithics.
Photography by C. Broodbank 2001.
Chipped stone and ground stone are important not only as evidence
for economic practices, such as hunting or food-processing, and sometimes
as chronological markers (primarily chipped stone), but also provide
important evidence for the movement of lithic resources into and within
the island, thereby acting as proxy means for understanding internal
circulation patterns and off-island trade. Preliminary evidence suggests
that whilst the chipped stone material includes a significant proportion
of imports (mainly Melian obsidian), as well as local Kytheran material,
the ground stone is overwhelmingly of local origin. Study of the chipped
and ground stone artefacts was effectively completed during 2002-3,
barring an upcoming raw materials prospection season, whose aim is
to identify local sources securely and, it is hoped, characterise
their geology formally through petrological analysis. With this last
phase complete, the aim is to publish the final results of the analysis
of the stone artefacts during 2005.
The menu above right offers additional information on research into
KIP's chipped and ground stone assemblages.