Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


8 March 2011

Pessoì vecchi e nuovi da Haghia Triada (Pessoì old and new from Agia Triada)

V. La Rosa Creta Antica 10/II (2009): 465-475.


This article deals with the LM I lithic pessoì from the old excavations at Agia Triada, which are characterised by the presence of signs incised on one face, and publishes two new examples retrieved from this site during the new excavations. The incised signs, which are always different from one other, are discussed, as well as the material and its provenance (Spartan or Cretan). Several observations allow the author to reject the traditional interpretation of the pessoì as gaming pieces in favour of a possible use as «tarot cards» used to divine the future: a sort of cartomancy avant lettre.


Παρακαλούμε τα σχόλιά σας να είναι στα Ελληνικά (πάντα με ελληνικούς χαρακτήρες) ή στα Αγγλικά. Αποφύγετε τα κεφαλαία γράμματα. Ο Αιγεύς διατηρεί το δικαίωμα να διαγράφει εκτός θέματος, προσβλητικά, ανώνυμα σχόλια ή κείμενα σε greeklish.