Posts From October, 2015

Light years away by Edurne Rubio – a review

I have been fortunate to attend a representation of “Light years away” by Ms. Edurne Rubio in Groningen, Netherlands. The artist is the daughter of one of the explorers of the cave system of Ojo Guareña, near Burgos, Spain and has a long and intimate connection with the caves. The performance mixes monologue, surround sound, video and theatrical performance. In its basic structure, it is the representation of a guided tour of the caves, one that is imaginary and not constricted by time or space. For those not knowing the caves, it is an extraordinary long (about 110 km known) cave system, with several subterranean lakes, at least 6 levels, and multiple openings. The upper cave system was frequented by humans from the Upper Paleolithic to the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age, in different moments, before being rediscovered only in the past century. There are significant traces of human presence, including complex panels of rock art, residues of torches, burials, and even ancient... Read the rest of this entry »

Barcelona presentation now online

The collaborative presentation read at the 10th International Symposium on Knappable Materials in Barcelona on Wednesday, 9th September 2015 is now available online. The presentation is entitled “Exchange networks from Close-up: The case of Lipari obsidian. Officially presented by Andrea Vianello, Robert Tykot and Kyle Freund, it contains many of my ideas on the topic. Slides (and previous results) were contributed by the other two authors. Here is the abstract: The island of Lipari was a primary source of obsidian in the Neolithic Mediterranean. The particular location of the Aeolian Islands, of which Lipari is one, has been conducive for the formation of long-distance exchange networks. Indeed, most islands were probably settled on a temporary basis and visited primarily to acquire artefacts for exchange. A systematic program of research conducted now in the past few years has attempted to trace the dispersal of obsidian materials from Lipari and Pantelleria... Read the rest of this entry »

Copper and Bronze Age diet at Agrigento

A new paper on isotopic analyses on human bones from Scintilia, near Agrigento are to be presented at the 50th Riunione Scientifica dell’Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria in Rome. I will not be attending the conference, but one of the co-authors, Dr Gulli’, will read the paper. You can find a preview in PDF published online, visit the conference website.

The site of Scintilia is of great scientific interest, and some data have been previewed in an exhibition in Agrigento, Storie Sepolte, at Santa Maria dei Greci in Agrigento. A catalogue with a video is also available.