| Cooking jar. Clay.
Organic residue analysis.
Wine with pine resin
produced in Bronze Age Greece.
Late Helladic III B (c. 1340-118 BC).
Mycenae, Cult Center, room 31, the room with the fresco.
"Melody (melos+ode), derived from the Greek melos, literally means ‘to sing a song'. So, melos (song) and aoidein, (to sing) is now used for any pleasing sounds."
According to archeological findings throughout Greece's history the use of the pine tree resin was widely spread out. It was used not only for specialized jobs but also in everyday life's activities. It was particularly used for winemaking (retsina) both for the bottling of the wine into the amphora (jars) and as an ingredient in the first stages of the wine production. This remains its most well known use to date. Other usages include: as flammable substance, as indoor lighting source, as insulating substance in new ships, and also in making papyrus. The Greek pine tree resin is famous for its quality as raw material. Very popular in Greece is the pine tree resin from Chalkidiki in North Greece.
Even today and given the advances in technology and machinery, colophony is still used in making paper, ink, asphalt, paints, varnish, rosin for the bows of string instruments , cosmetics etc.In Europe, according to the evidence, the use of rosin on the hair of the bow starts in the medieval times. The advancement of the bow-making techniques and its shape (always in connection of the string instrument) in the following centuries kept changing the rosin standards.
Today after many centuries of experience the bow-makers make high quality bows and the musicians want to have high standards for rosin of good quality and at the same time balanced .
The degree of balance of the rosin in its elaborated shape depends clearly on the practical musical experience of the rosin-maker . Because most rosin producers have no musical experience & background their products have not been tested thoroughly to improve quality & perfection.
Pine tree resin collector. Chalkidiki in about 1952.
Fatherland of Christos Sykiotis owner & establisher of MELOS ROSIN is Chalkidiki, one the most important pine tree resin collector places in Greece. This high quality row material is used to produce MELOS ROSIN!