Eros, mercator and the cultural landscape of Melos in antiquity : The archaeology of the minerals industry of Melos Paperback / softback
The island of Melos in the Cyclades has a rich archaeology having played an important part in prehistory and throughout history.
But owing to its unique geology it is also home to a wide array of rocks and minerals which have been exploited since the first human occupation of the island.
This book is about the archaeology of the minerals industries of Melos in antiquity.
The localities of their extraction and the type of processing they may have been subject to have been reconstructed on the basis of archaeological evidence.
At the site of Aghia Kyriaki, SE Melos, there is evidence for large-scale exploitation of alum in the Late Roman period, its processing in large shallow vessels and packaging into amphorae; there is also evidence for the use of geothermal energy there and in neighbouring Palaeochori Bay; there are phreatic explosions near the sulphur mines at Fyrlingos; finally, there are the egkoila of Melos, the rock-cut cavities carved out of the island's ubiquitous white altered volcanic rock which gave rise to its minerals.
The ancient texts and epigraphic evidence also take centre stage, depicting the nature of Melian society from the momentous events of 416BC to the Late Roman period.
This book will have wide appeal to archaeologists and historians, to geologists and mineralogists and to all those interested in the island or just visiting it.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 262 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour
- Publisher: Potingair Press
- Publication Date: 31/12/2014
- Category: Classical Greek & Roman archaeology
- ISBN: 9780956824011