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The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000 – 3500 BC by fotisif
November 23, 2009, 8:36 am
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The exhibition The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000 – 3500 BC, organized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University presents for the first time in USA the extraordinary finds from Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova, and Romania.

The accompanying catalogue includes a chapter by Michel Louis Séfériadès on the Spondylus trade in Prehistoric Europe, available free to download.


franchthi cave spondylus ornaments by fotisif
August 29, 2009, 5:51 pm
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At the renovated Archaeological Museum of Nafplio the findings from Franchthi Cave, an important prehistoric [palaeolithic – mesolithic – neolithic] site in Greece, are displayed. Among them, the adornment artifacts are abundant: bone, stone and shell beads and pendants, the unique case of  documenting the whole technological process of making beads out of the Cerastoderma glaucum shell, and of course some ornaments made of Spondylus gaederopus. The ornament assemblage has been studied by Michele Ann Miller as part of her ground-breaking PhD on stone age jewellery in the Aegean [check the bibliography for all the related papers by Michele].

Cys-la-Commune burial by fotisif
August 12, 2008, 9:43 am
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Female burial with Spondylus ornaments (Musée des Antiquités Nationales).

poros spondylus by fotisif
June 19, 2008, 1:58 pm
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Spondylus at the permanent exhibition ‘Shells and Sea’ at the Public library of Poros Island, Greece.

More info on http://www.poroshellmuseum.gr/

Poznań “princesses’ grave” by fotisif
April 1, 2008, 5:57 pm
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Poznań Archaeological Museum, Poland

Known as the ‘princesses’ grave’, this burial is the only one of its type to have been found in Poland. It was discovered at Krusza Zamkowa in the Inowrocław District and is contemporary with the settlement at Racot, Czempiń district. The older of the two females, aged 25-30 years at death, had earrings of copper and calcite beads, a bracelet made of Spondylus shells, a hip belt comprising several strings of Spondylus shell beads (these items are imports from beyond the Carpathians) and a number of ornate armlets made of deer antler (probably acquired from a hunter-gatherer community).
The younger ‘princess’ was a girl aged 7-8 years, who was buried with a diadem of copper beads, a necklace consisting of copper plates, two pendants made of Theodoxus shell, antler armlets and a hip belt comprised of several strings of Spondylus shell beads and fringed with Theodoxus shells. This assemblage is a loan from the Institute of Prehistory of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.


spondylus at the archaeological museum of drama, greece by fotisif
March 25, 2008, 3:50 pm
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Spondylus and other ornaments (mainly from the prehistoric sites of Sitagroi and Arkadikos) exhibited at the Archaeological museum of Drama, Greece.

spondylus at the european virtual museum by fotisif
February 13, 2008, 9:19 am
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Spondylus assemblage from Kleinhadersdorf, Austria, presented at the EU-funded ‘European Virtual Museum’.