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In Antiquity, grinding stones made of volcanic rock were transported over long distances from their production places to their users. Determining their provenances provides data for the reconstruction of trade routes and may contribute to a better understanding of ancient economic choices. However, recent provenance studies of grinding stones in the Aegean are scarce, and the current state of knowledge relies heavily upon few earlier studies. In Thorikos, a silver-mining town located in south-east Attica, the regular occurrence of grinding stones made of non-local, volcanic rocks offers the opportunity to expand upon these earlier studies, both concerning the exchange of grinding stones in the Aegean and the economic choices made by their users. A combined and diachronic study of these artefacts, including future petrographic and geochemical analyses, will hopefully shed light on their typology, functions, and provenances. This paper presents the preliminary results of a macroscopic study undertaken upon 40 stone tools found in Thorikos. It examines the critical role played by the Saronic Gulf in the exportation of grinding stones to neighbouring regions and discusses the possibility of other provenances like Nisyros or Santorini.
Keywords
Mediterranean, Antiquity, Iron Age, Thorikos, Attica, Laurion, grinding stones, querns, provenance

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MLA
Duchène, Sophie. “Provenancing the Grinding Stones of Thorikos (Attica, Greece) : Preliminary Observations.” Querns and Mills in Mediterranean Antiquity : Tradition and Innovation during the First Millennium BC, edited by Natàlia Alonso et al., Collège de France, 2021.
APA
Duchène, S. (2021). Provenancing the grinding stones of Thorikos (Attica, Greece) : preliminary observations. In N. Alonso, T. Anderson, & L. Jaccottey (Eds.), Querns and mills in Mediterranean Antiquity : tradition and innovation during the first millennium BC. Paris: Collège de France.
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Duchène, Sophie. 2021. “Provenancing the Grinding Stones of Thorikos (Attica, Greece) : Preliminary Observations.” In Querns and Mills in Mediterranean Antiquity : Tradition and Innovation during the First Millennium BC, edited by Natàlia Alonso, Timothy Anderson, and Luc Jaccottey. Paris: Collège de France.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Duchène, Sophie. 2021. “Provenancing the Grinding Stones of Thorikos (Attica, Greece) : Preliminary Observations.” In Querns and Mills in Mediterranean Antiquity : Tradition and Innovation during the First Millennium BC, ed by. Natàlia Alonso, Timothy Anderson, and Luc Jaccottey. Paris: Collège de France.
Vancouver
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Duchène S. Provenancing the grinding stones of Thorikos (Attica, Greece) : preliminary observations. In: Alonso N, Anderson T, Jaccottey L, editors. Querns and mills in Mediterranean Antiquity : tradition and innovation during the first millennium BC. Paris: Collège de France; 2021.
IEEE
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S. Duchène, “Provenancing the grinding stones of Thorikos (Attica, Greece) : preliminary observations,” in Querns and mills in Mediterranean Antiquity : tradition and innovation during the first millennium BC, Barcelona, Spain, 2021.
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  abstract     = {{In Antiquity, grinding stones made of volcanic rock were transported over long distances from their production places to their users. Determining their provenances provides data for the reconstruction of trade routes and may contribute to a better understanding of ancient economic choices. However, recent provenance studies of grinding stones in the Aegean are scarce, and the current state of knowledge relies heavily upon few earlier studies. In Thorikos, a silver-mining town located in south-east Attica, the regular occurrence of grinding stones made of non-local, volcanic rocks offers the opportunity to expand upon these earlier studies, both concerning the exchange of grinding stones in the Aegean and the economic choices made by their users. A combined and diachronic study of these artefacts, including future petrographic and geochemical analyses, will hopefully shed light on their typology, functions, and provenances.
This paper presents the preliminary results of a macroscopic study undertaken upon 40 stone tools found in Thorikos. It examines the critical role played by the Saronic Gulf in the exportation of grinding stones to neighbouring regions and discusses the possibility of other provenances like Nisyros or Santorini.}},
  author       = {{Duchène, Sophie}},
  booktitle    = {{Querns and mills in Mediterranean Antiquity : tradition and innovation during the first millennium BC}},
  editor       = {{Alonso, Natàlia and Anderson, Timothy and Jaccottey, Luc}},
  keywords     = {{Mediterranean,Antiquity,Iron Age,Thorikos,Attica,Laurion,grinding stones,querns,provenance}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Barcelona, Spain}},
  publisher    = {{Collège de France}},
  title        = {{Provenancing the grinding stones of Thorikos (Attica, Greece) : preliminary observations}},
  url          = {{https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2018}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}