Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2014

16 March 2015

A Cretan Landscape through Time: Priniatikos Pyrgos and Environs

Edited by Barry P.C. Molloy & Chloë N. Duckworth

A Cretan Landscape through Time: Priniatikos Pyrgos and Environs

City: Oxford

Year: 2014

Publisher: Archaeopress

Series: BAR International Series 2634

Description: Paperback, vi & 164 p., numerous b/w & colour illustrations, 29,7x21 cm


This book presents aspects of research on the archaeological investigations at the multi-period site of Priniatikos Pyrgos and surrounding area. Incorporating the Vrokastro Survey Project, the Istron Geoarchaeological Project, the Priniatikos Pyrgos Excavation Project and other researches, this volume presents interdisciplinary case-studies that deal with domestic, technological and mortuary practices at the site and how these relate to settlement and resource exploitation in the surrounding landscape. This is set within its environmental context at the local and regional levels, assessing both long term processes and shorter term events. The visual representation of materials and settlement complexity are approached using a combination of established and novel digital methods.


M. Tsipopoulou, Forewording note [iii]

Preface [v]

Background and Introduction

B.P.C. Molloy, J. Day, V. Klontza-Jaklova & C.N. Duckworth, Of what is past, or passing, or to come: five thousand years of social, technological and environmental transformations at Priniatikos Pyrgos [1-7]

P.P. Betancourt, Priniatikos Pyrgos in 1912: the last foreign archaeological excavation in independent Crete [8-14]

B.J. Hayden, Priniatikos Pyrgos and its territory: results of survey and excavation [15-22]


J. Moody, Prehistoric and historic climate and weather in (East) Crete [23-30]

C. Athanassas, Miscellaneous notes on the geology, geomorphology and stratigraphy of the Istron Area, Northeastern Crete [31-34]

K. Theodorakopoulou, Geoarchaeological studies in Istron-Kalo Chorio (Gulf of Mirabello- Eastern Crete): palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and palaeogeographic evolution [35-42]

The Site

B.P.C. Molloy, F.W. McCoy, R. Megarry, D.J. Govantes Edwards & M. Pavlacký, Of Tephra and Tsunamis: A Secondary Deposit of Tephra Sealing LM IA Activity at Priniatikos Pyrgos [43-53]

S. Bridgford, S. Desmond, V. Klontza-Jaklova & I. Moutafi, Grave 1: a key Early Byzantine feature [54-60]

Complexity and Representation

A. Sarris, N. Papadopoulos & P. Soupios, Contribution of geophysical approaches to the study of Priniatikos Pyrgos [61-69]

F. Lynam, Representing complexity at Priniatikos Pyrgos [70-77]

W. Megarry, Archaeology, architecture and digital adaptation: developing a GIS for archaeological excavation on Crete [78-84]

M. Wiśniewski, Developing photogrammetry at Priniatikos Pyrgos [85-90]


E. Nodarou & J. Moody, “Mirabello” fabric(s) forever: an analytical study of the granodiorite pottery of the Vrokastro area from the Final Neolithic Period to Modern Times [91-98]

C.N. Duckworth, Late antique glass in domestic and religious contexts from Priniatikos Pyrgos [99-104]

E. Filippaki, Y. Bassiakos & B.J. Hayden, Metalworking at Priniatikos Pyrgos, Mirabello Gulf, Crete [105-112]

B.P.C. Molloy, Technological choices in non-ferrous metallurgical practices at Priniatikos Pyrgos: some insights from Portable XRF Surface Analyses [113-117]

B.P.C. Molloy, M. Milić and R. Doonan, Temporal Rhythms in Obsidian Consumption at Prepalatial Priniatikos Pyrgos: A Portable XRF Study [118-124]


J. Day, Striped, wiped and granodiorite: ceramics from an Early Minoan I house at Priniatikos Pyrgos [125-134]

V. Klontza-Jaklova, The Byzantine sequences at Priniatikos Pyrgos: preliminary observations on ceramic chronology and architectural phasing [135-142]

K. Zeman-Wiśniewska, Terracotta figurines from Priniatikos Pyrgos: some preliminary notes [143-148]

Bibliography [149]


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