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Neolithic Alepotrypa Cave: a reassessment of past and current research

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Thursday 20th October 2022 (17:00-18:00)
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Join Ms Anastasia Panagiotopoulou (Hellenic Ministry of Culture) for a discussion about Neolithic Alepotrypa Cave: a reassessment of past and current research


Alepotrypa cave at Diros Bay in the southernmost Peloponnese was used during the Neolithic period, from 6,000 to 3,200 BC and more intensely during its Late and Final periods, in conjunction with the surrounding area. Alepotrypa Cave is one of the most important Neolithic sites and one of the richest in terms of abundance, variability and preservation of artefacts and biological materials, volume of undisturbed deposits, and horizontal exposure of archaeological surfaces of past human activity. The long stratigraphic and pottery sequences of the cave, associated with extensive radiocarbon dating, and the 40 years of interdisciplinary research on all kinds of cultural and environmental materials, highlighted the role of Alepotrypa as a ritual cave and a ceremonial centre, probably throughout the Neolithic. Evidence includes pottery, lithic tools, bone tools and ornaments, traded items, agro-pastoral activities and food refuse, structures such as hearths, pits, clay floors, as well as burials and secondary burial grounds, remaining constant throughout the Neolithic in conjunction with standardized rituals, probable seasonal crowd aggregations, and rich, repetitive ritualistic expression.

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Ms Anastasia Panagiotopoulou (Hellenic Ministry of Culture)

Dr Petros Doukas (Mayor of Sparti)

Dr Chrysanthi Gallou (University of Nottingham)

Professor William Cavanagh (University of Nottingham)

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