The Olynthus Mill, Its Origin, and Diffusion: Typology and Distribution

  title={The Olynthus Mill, Its Origin, and Diffusion: Typology and Distribution},
  author={Rafael D. Frankel},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={1 - 21}
  • R. Frankel
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
The article reviews previous research and present knowledge of the Olynthus mill and attempts to portray its history. The geographical distribution of the device and the regional diversity of subtypes are emphasized. The device varies in shape of hopper and upper stone, method of attachment of lever to upper stone, and in striation patterns. The Olynthus mill originated in the eastern Mediterranean and was diffused westward by Greek settlers but did not penetrate regions where the rotary hand… 

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