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Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece$
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Anthony Snodgrass

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623334

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623334.001.0001

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The Euboeans in Macedonia: A New Precedent for Westward Expansion?

The Euboeans in Macedonia: A New Precedent for Westward Expansion?

(p.144) Chapter 8 The Euboeans in Macedonia: A New Precedent for Westward Expansion?
Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece

Anthony Snodgrass

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter shifts the scene away from central and southern Greece, to a question on which history and archaeology alike had long failed to throw much light: the early movements from those regions to Macedonia and especially to the Chalkidike, where a spate of new discoveries in the 1980s had changed the whole picture. The underlying issue here is what constitutes evidence for overseas settlement. Mere resemblances in pottery style, even when reinforced by actual imports of the class being imitated, should not be judged sufficient proof of a population movement. It is on the supporting evidence of other kinds that one must base any suspicion that people from Euboea had actually settled here: perhaps the strongest hint comes in the fact that a curious practice attested in the cemeteries of Euboean Lefkandi, whereby sizeable cist tombs were built and then apparently used to accommodate, not the corpse but token fragments of the ashes and bones deriving from its cremation elsewhere, is matched at Koukos in the Chalkidike.

Keywords:   Greece, history, archaeology, Macedonia, Chalkidike, settlement, Euboea, cemeteries, Lefkandi, Koukos

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