Andrea Vianello


This page provides access to an updated and modified version of the Gazetteer originally published in Vianello, A. 2005. Late Bronze Age Mycenaean and Italic Products in the West Mediterranean. A Social and Economic Analysis. Oxford: Archaeopress.

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It is important to know that this version of the Gazetteer does not replace the one published in the book, since some parts such the bibliographic references are missing. Readers of the book will find here some updates while readers not familiar with that work may find a fully functionalstyle artefact found west of the Peloponnese; it only provides a list of archaeological sites frequently mentioned in the archaeological literature and provides a summary of recent information on the site and discoveries. The focus stays on Aegean-type artefacts; all contexts and materials presumed to be not connected with such artefacts have been ignored. It may be useful to students and researchers approaching the topic of Aegean-type artefacts in the central and west Mediterranean for the first time or needing a fast reference tool. Clicking on column headers should sort the records by the data in those columns. List pages support multi-column sorting by Ctrl-clicking the table header. It is possible to export all data in several formats; in most cases multiple pages need to be exported to copy a full table. Ideally the online database being frequently updated and with its dynamic functions should suffice for querying all data and producing subsets.

The data published in the gazetteer comes from several sources, including publications, personal communications and my own research. 10 years have passed since the first version, and due to updates and rewritings there may be the odd incongruence or misspelling; please alert me of any such things. Your comments are always welcome. In many cases bibliographic references are cited (authors and years of publication); please refer to the book for the full bibliographic references. Since many sites are being actively excavated year after year, and new publications become available, it is important to understand that is far from being a definitive edition and updates will be sporadic, only when important discoveries are made or some times has passed since its last update. One benefit of the Gazetteer is that most data is published in a constrained format that makes easy to compare sites. Online publication allows minor updates to be published and provides an improved way to manage the data compared to the fixed tables of the book.

The sites are not easily comparable when all data is considered due to the different ways that sites have been excavated and published. The state of conservation of the materials also influences this. The book provides additional tables and maps that improve the definition of the data in some areas, or make use of improved subsets. Some data are available in table "Shapes" of the online gazetteer and in the online Tables, but they could not be much updated since 2005 as tracking the publication of individual potsherds still proves difficult.

Section "Scientific analyses" contains some data on analyses. The focus remains on very old analyses, which may difficult to access, or analyses confirming the Aegean origin of any artefacts. Recently, (since 2000), petrographic and chemical analyses have become a staple of publications, so that listing all of them would not be coherent with the stated purpose of providing a summary of the archaeological evidence for reference. However, most such analyses point to the production of Aegean-type (Mycenaean-like) pottery in Italic centres. Whenever the centre of production is not located near the site discussed, the provenance is usually noted in one of the fields. Section "Oxhide ingots" is a subset of a database originally produced by Emeri Farinetti and Fulvia Lo Schiavo and published in Oxhide Ingots in the Central Mediterranean. Some data have been modified. The table published here presents the results of archaeometric analyses of oxhide ingots, but in no way substitutes the original database.

type products, rather it summarises data from all sources that I could findMediterranean exchanges, each one is valuable, but when you have many then you either summarise the data or drown in a sea of data that serve no purpose).

I have also produced some interactive maps. Since the precision of geographic data varies and some sites are simply not visible from satellite imagery, please do not expect to see the exact spot. In all cases, the actual site should not be farther than 1 Km from the place indicated, and toponyms may help. Check out also Wikimapia to find out the exact position of several archaeological sites. From the database it is possible to access directly some maps with satellite imagery using Bing. A link to Google Maps with all sites displayed is also available. Satellite imagery and maps change frequently in both competing services (Bing and Google), so that one day a clear view of the site may appear and the following week a cloud may be obfuscating the spot. Readers are invited to improve the precision of the maps in any one service they wish to use.



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Here you can find some geospatial files for use with online or offline software. Please note that all sites are included irrespective of their chronology, and type of materials found. You must edit the files by deleting the entries not needed for these files to be really useful. Of course, new entries can also be added. These are XML files that can be edited directly as text or through specialist software.

You can visualise/preview the files using Bing or Google (links here).

  File Name Description Size(KB)
Download  westdb.gpx

GPX format

Download  westdb.kml

Standard Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file for display in Google Maps and Google Earth.

Download  westdb.kmz

Compressed Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file for display in Google Maps and Google Earth. Try this one first.

Download  westdb.xml

GeoRSS format

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