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Floor sequences in Neolithic Makri, Greece: micromorphology reveals cycles of renovation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Panagiotis Karkanas
Affiliation:
Ephoreia of Palaeoanthropology-Speleology of Southern Greece, Arditou 34b, 11636 Athens, Greece
Nikos Efstratiou
Affiliation:
Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract

Dating and examination of plaster floor sequences by micromorphology at a tell site in Greece shows when they were made and how they were composed. While numerous informal floor surfaces using recycled rubbish were put in place, as and when, by the occupants, formal floors rich in plaster seem to have been re-laid at regular intervals in reflection of a communal decision – even if the actual floors followed a recipe determined by each household. The authors rightly champion the potential of the technique as a possible indicator of social change at the household and settlement level.

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