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Archaeology

Anthony Snodgrass

in Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623334.003.0001
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This chapter considers two particular problems, Herodotus' account of Saite Egyptian history and the foundation-dates of Greek settlements in Sicily. The chronology of the Greek archaic and classical periods in general; the detailed application of dendrochronology, even to the specific case of Gordion; the attribution of the ‘Tomb of Philip’ at Vergina; each of these has been strenuously challenged since 1983. Regional divisions in the early history both Greece and Italy have been illuminated in a whole series of recent studies concentrating on those regions which lay outside the system of the polis. Intensive archaeological survey has continued and grown apace, although a recent judgment holds that its impact, even within archaeology, has been minimal. On the ‘Tomb of Philip’, finally, the past twenty years have seen a series of challenges to the dating of the tomb and consequently the identity of its occupant, and even to the identification of Vergina with Aigeae.

Keywords: Herodotus; chronology; archaeology; dendrochronology; Tomb of Philip; Gordion; Greece; Italy; Vergina; Sicily

Chapter.  17660 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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