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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Imvros Island in the Early Bronze Age

Several prehistoric settlements have been located on the rough and harbourless northeastern coast of Imvros island, four of which are presented in this article. They lay on low hills, next to the junction of streams and the sea. The scheme of organization and the form of fortification of these settlements, as well as the large number of scatered surface sherds and flintstone tools have led to a dual conclusion: first, these settlements have been inhabited since the end of the Neolithic period; and second, their prime coincides with the Early Bronze Age, an era characterized by movements of population and activities relevant to the very early phase of shipping and bronze trading. The Imvros settlements belong to the broader group of important centres of the northeastern Aegean, which continue to surprise us at their extention, quality of organization and the high cultural standards of their finds.