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Campu Stefanu (Sollacaro, Corsica). Middle Bronze Age amber and glass beads analyses. A new evidence for Mycenaean connection in Corsica?

Abstract : Excavations in Campu Stefanu in Corsica have been conducted in 2005-2011 and concerned a large house (structure 2) as well as the natural cave located beneath. The exploration of shelter 1 revealed a stratigraphy extending back to the Mesolithic until the end of Iron Age. In the context of this last phase a necklace made with 29 resinous beads, 25 blue vitreous beads and a small metallic ring was discovered. The fossil resin was identified as amber from Baltic deposits. Resinous beads can be tied with forms diffused in Aegean during the Late Helladic IIB/III. Vitreous artefacts resemble beads found in Corsica for which spectrometric analyses demonstrated a Near East origin of the raw material. The recognition of its eastern origin allows to substantiate the debate concerning the place of Corsica in the exchange networks linking up the two Mediterranean basins. It also permits a more accurate description of the forms of the Mycenaean presence in the western Mediterranean islands.
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Peche-Quilichini Kewin, Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet, Eleonora Canobbio, Joseph Cesari, Bernard Gratuze, et al.. Campu Stefanu (Sollacaro, Corsica). Middle Bronze Age amber and glass beads analyses. A new evidence for Mycenaean connection in Corsica?. Fontes Archaeologici Posnanienses, Archaeological Museum in Poznań, 2017, 52, pp.67-79. ⟨hal-01832072⟩

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