Until now the Mycenaean Atlas has not consistently supported the idea of subregions. This situation arose from not thinking clearly about the problem from the beginning. The general concept of regions (e.g. Crete, Dodecanese, Messenia, Argolid, etc.) has always been a part of the database. Smaller divisions, however, have been mostly skipped.
It would, for example, be desirable to be able to look at individual islands in the several groups on an island by island basis. Up until now one could look at ‘Cyclades’ but not ‘Naxos’ or any other of the individual islands in that chain. With the 1.002 DB release, however, this has changed. Several of the major regions have been divided into fully supported subregions. You can now look not just at ‘Crete’ but at its individual subregions such as ‘Kissamos’, ‘Ierapetra’, ‘Khydonia’, etc.
You can choose these subregions on the ‘Region’ drop-down. Here is a picture of what the region choice drop down for Crete looks like now:
|The new Controls Page with subregions listed. Here for Crete.|
As you can see the term ‘Crete’ (which functions as it always did by encompassing the whole) is followed by combined choices for the individual subregions of the island: ‘Crete: Amari’, ‘Crete: Apokoronas’, etc.
Island chains are now handled in a similar manner. You can now isolate the main islands in the following island chains:
North-east Aegean (Lemnos, etc.)
Saronic Gulf (Aigina, Salamis, etc.)
Sporades (Skyros, etc.)
|Aigina treated as a subregion and mapped by itself and (below)|
in its own Chrono Report.
The concept of named regions is somewhat problematic. We really don't know the region names for the Greek mainland as they were known in the Bronze Age and their use (we start knowing actual region names from the time of Homer) fluctuates even in historical times. Of the mainland regions only Anatolia has been divided into subregions on this website.
The benefit of this subregion support is that you can now prepare reports (elevation, chrono, etc.) for more tightly focused regions and I sincerely hope that this will be a benefit.
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Some remarks on the Mycenaean Atlas Project database: