Posts by Stefan Caliniuc:

Alieni in Corduba, Colonia Patricia: desde la fundación de la ciudad hasta la Antigüedad tardía

Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(1): 65-108 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-1-4 José ORTIZ CÓRDOBA ABSTRACT This paper aims to provide an overview of the immigration of extra-Peninsular origin recorded in Colonia Patricia (Córdoba, Spain) based on the analysis of the available literary and epigraphic documentation. Starting from the foundation of the Roman city and its subsequent conversion into a colonia civium Romanorum, we will carry out an analysis of those individuals who, from the 2nd century BC, arrived in the city from non- Hispanic territories. We will deal with important aspects such as the regions and cities of origin of these immigrants, their professional occupations, the causes that determined their mobility and the activity they developed in Corduba after their arrival. Chronologically, our contribution covers the long period of time between the foundation of Corduba in the 2nd century BC by the consul M. Claudius Marcellus and the 5th century AD, which is(…)

Spartan King Agesilaus and the Case of Sphodrias

Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(1): 47-64 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-1-3 Larisa PECHATNOVA ABSTRACT The article explores the tradition about the unsuccessful attempt of the Spartan harmost Sphodrias to capture Piraeus in 378 BC. Since Sphodrias acted without an order, in Sparta he was brought to trial as a state offender. He owed his acquittal solely to king Agesilaus. The analysis of the tradition of Sphodrias’ trial leads the author to the conclusion that Agesilaus controlled the entire administration of Sparta, including the judicial panel. In Sphodrias’ trial the opinion of one person – Agesilaus – decided the outcome of the vote. The acquittal of Sphodrias initiated by Agesilaus is a weighty testimony to the great authority which this king possessed in the first decades of the 4th century BC (before the battle of Leuctra).   KEYWORDS Agesilaus, Cleombrotus, Sphodrias, Phoebidas, Xenophon, Diodorus, Plutarch, Sparta, Thebes   FULL ARTICLE Download PDF (free)

The Israelite-Judaean Military Service in the Armies of Assyria

Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(1): 33–46 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-1-2 Haggai OLSHANETSKY ABSTRACT The Israelite-Judaean Military Service in the Armies of Assyria has not been fully discussed, and this article is an attempt to offer a fuller picture of this phenomenon. This article is composed of two parts. The first will concentrate and discuss all the evidence we have for Israelite and Judaean units that were absorbed into the Assyrian army, which will be used as a foundation for the second half of the article. All this will attempt to show that the inscription detailing the Assyrian capture of 200 Israeli chariots, rather than 50 as is written in another inscription, is the more accurate one, and then discuss the implications of such a conclusion. The second part is the first attempt to concentrate all the names of possible Assyrian soldiers who are of Israelite and/or Judaean origin. The first and second(…)

Archaeometric Studies in The Aegean (30000-3000 BC and 800-200 BC): A review

Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(1): 1–32 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2021-27-1-1 Ioannis LIRITZIS, Artemios OIKONOMO ABSTRACT The present paper constitutes a review of the archaeometric (or archaeological sciences) studies focusing on the area of Aegean between 30000 and 3000 BC., alongside a focus on the area of Dodecanese islands (SE Aegean) for the period from 800 to 200 BC. This systematic work is part of a project (2012-2013) that aimed to create a database including metadata related to the diachronic habitation in Aegean. The current review is classified into nine broad categories, namely Chemical Analysis, Dating Techniques, Palaeoenvironment, aDNA Analysis, Archaeomagnetism, Isotopic Analysis, Restoration and Conservation and Geophysical studies. This interdisciplinary review serves as a useful guide to a significant academic discipline, that of archaeological sciences, which is progressively advanced in methods, techniques and major applications. Delving into the material culture offers valuable information to the deciphering of the human prehistoric and historic(…)

The underlying emotional background of quaternary palaeontology: nostalgia and Ubi sunt in a postdictive science

This short essay aims to provide insight into the emotional background underlying Quaternary palaeontology and encourage scholars to thoroughly discuss the psychological determining factors behind its practice. The nostalgia for past times and the feeling of loss of a world that will never return are the emotional landmark of Quaternary palaeontology. Due to its taste for perished things and nostalgic turn into the past, Quaternary palaeontology participates in the bias of the pagan version of the Ubi sunt elegiac motif. While this work specifically concerns Quaternary palaeontology, it can probably serve as a guide to reveal the perceptions and motivations behind other sciences.

Mining Data on the Spread of Early Metallurgy: Revisiting the Carpathian Hypothesis with Ancient Genomes

This study presents results relevant to understanding the spread of early metallurgy obtained by extracting patterns from a dataset of ancient genomes. It finds that, conservatively, the spread of metallurgy into Italy Remedello Chalcolithic culture can be linked to a probably Bulgaria Chalcolithic-shifted population represented by the genome of an individual associated with Bodrogkeresztúr pottery in Romania. Also conservatively, either a population related to this sample or to populations sampled from the Chalcolithic era Great Hungarian Plain can be associated with Italy North Bell Beakers and some Bell Beakers in France. Traces the samples examined have left give a sense of the geographical spread of the populations they represent. This paper illustrates the use of a data mining technique to support archaeological and humanistic inquiries on cultural developments.

The Cucuteni A-B settlement of Băiceni – Dâmbul Morii. History of research.

The research of the settlement from Băiceni – Dâmbul Morii (known in the archaeological literature as Cucuteni – Dâmbul Morii) is closely related to the excavations carried out in the eponymous site of Cucuteni-Cetățuia. The first mention, under the name of “Settlement in the valley”, was made by the German scientist Hubert Schmidt, the author of the first monograph dedicated to the Cucuteni culture. The research carried out during several campaigns, in three sectors called A, B, and C, made important
contributions in establishing the periodization of the Cucuteni A-B phase. Eight dwellings and a defensive ditch were investigated. The already known information regarding the settlement from Dâmbul Morii was completed by applying modern research techniques (geophysical surveys).

Camel, blockade and a historical memory perspective: a theme of historical memory portrayed at Qatar National Museum

Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 26(2): 185–198 DOI: 10.47743/saa-2020-26-2-4 M. AL-HAMMADI, K. EXELL, S. EL-MENSHAWY ABSTRACT Camels from ancient times as early as 1200 BC were used as military vehicle and have been associated with the Near East and the Arabian Peninsula. In modern times they remain an important element of Bedouin life and culture (animal protein, dairy products and raw materials, an effective desert vehicle of transport and an indication of wealth). As such, camels are an integral component of heritage and society, essential to the development of Bedouin economies in many regions in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asian regions. Here it is investigated the viability of addressing the topic of the impact on camels by the blockade that has affected Qatar since 5th June 2017 as a theme of historical memory in the Qatari heritage in the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ). The topic addresses the value(…)