This volume publishes a large assemblage of pottery (191 pieces) with very early inscriptions, graffiti, and trademarks. The assemblage dates from the late 8th - 7th century BC and was discovered in the Euboean colony of Methone in coastal Macedonia. Most of the pottery is imported from other Aegean regions, but there are also local pots which establish the early use of the alphabet in that region. The study challenges the widespread notion that coastal Macedonia was an Aegean periphery and suggests its significance for the study of trade and colonization, and the beginnings of writings and literacy in Greece.
|Translated title of the contribution||METHONE PIERIAS I: Inscriptions, Graffiti and Trademarks on Geometric and Archaic Pottery from the 'Hypogeion' of Methone Pierias in Macedonia|
|Place of Publication||Thessaloniki|
|Publisher||Centre for the Greek Language|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|