Dr Žarko Tankosić (Higher Executive Officer, The Norwegian Institute at Athens), “A Community at the Crossroads: Prehistoric Southern Euboea and the Aegean in Light of New Survey Data”
In my talk I focus on southern Euboea (Karystia), which is a part of the Aegean that has been largely overlooked in models put in place to explain the prehistoric Aegean island colonization and maritime interactions. The data show a lively area, whose inhabitants were fully immersed into the prehistoric maritime koine, at least during the Final Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age. They also paint a picture of the region at the crossroads, bridging the insular world of the Cyclades and the Greek mainland.
Here, I outline several issues plaguing our understanding of the Karystia’s place in the prehistoric Aegean and address them using evidence from the area. In the process, I also engage with broader topics, such as identity, community, insularity, and connectivity Moreover, I present new results from the recently completed Norwegian survey project in the Karystia.