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Public lecture by Cathérine Perlès, Emeritus Professor at the University Paris Nanterre, France on “The Neolithisation process in Greece: new insights from Franchthi (Argolid)”

12.03.2020

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 16:30, Cathérine Perlès, Emeritus Professor at the University Paris Nanterre, France will present her lecture concerning the neolithisation process in Greece based on data from the Franchti cave. The Franchthi Cave and its open-air settlement, the ‘Paralia’, have yielded, with Knossos in Crete, the oldest dates for the Neolithic in Greece (and Europe). In addition, and contrary to Knossos, Franchthi presents a complete stratigraphy, from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Final Neolithic. It is therefore a key site to study the neolithisation process in Greece, and recent studies of the ornament assemblages opened new perspectives on this topic. Prof. Perlès will present the main characteristics of the Mesolithic, Initial Neolithic and Early Neolithic deposits at Franchthi, discuss the problematic status of the Initial Neolithic and discrepancies between the different categories of remain, and will suggest a two-step process, by different groups of colonists. She shall then enlarge the scope and discuss the origins and mode of diffusion of the Neolithic to Greece, underlying several problems that still remain unsolved such as the transportation of live ruminants by boat, the unique features of the Early Neolithic in Macedonia, the significance of the Impressed wares.

The lecture will take place in the board room of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum of BAS, Sofia, 1 Athanas Burov Sq. (opposite of the Presidency).

Catherine Perlès, Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris Nanterre, was one of the first to work on the prehistoric flaked stone assemblages of Greece. This led her to investigate exchange networks, the origins and organization of Neolithic societies in Greece and migrations processes. Besides a large number of articles, she has published several volumes on the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic flaked stones from Franchthi and other sites in Greece, a book on the Early Neolithic in Greece and, more recently, a volume on the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic ornament assemblages from the Franchthi Cave. She also works in Chile, and has recently published articles on megalithic ceremonial centres from the Atacama desert.

You can find more information about prof. Perlès here: http://www.pretech.cnrs.fr/team_member/perles-catherine/