Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol 17, No 1 (2004)

The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Albania: Survey and Excavation at the Site of Kryegjata B (Fier District)

Curtis Runnels, Muzafer Korkuti, Michael L. Galaty, Michael E. Timpson, John C. Whittaker, Sharon R. Stocker, Jack L. Davis, Lorenc Bejko, Skender Mucaj
Issued Date: 2 Feb 2007

Abstract


In the Balkans archaeologists until recently have neglected Pleistocene and early Holocene remains in open-air contexts in favor of excavations in caves. As a consequence, they have reconstructed patterns of settlement and land use that in many areas are misleading. The authors of this paper suggest that a systematic examination of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic open-air sites through intensive surface survey has the potential to transform entirely our understanding of early Balkan prehistory. We demonstrate this by presenting in detail the results of our own fieldwork in central Albania in the region of Mallakastra, in particular a description of surface archaeological investigations and test excavations at the site of Kryegjata B that have yielded Middle Palaeolithic, Early Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic finds.

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DOI: 10.1558/jmea.17.1.3.53480

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