Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2012

16 September 2012

Bronze Age Carian Iasos. Structures and finds from the area of the Roman Agora (ca. 3000-1500 BC)

Nicoletta Momigliano

Bronze Age Carian Iasos. Structures and finds from the area of the Roman Agora (ca. 3000-1500 BC)

City: Roma

Year: 2012

Publisher: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore

Series: Archaeologica 166

Description: Paperback, xvi & 226 p., 168 b/w figures, 8 colour plates, 23x16,7 cm

With contributions by P. Belli, M. Bichler, J. Hilditch, C.J. Knappett, D. Pirrie, M. Power, and J.H. Sterba


Iasos is an important archaeological site on the southwest coast of Turkey, and one of the very few in this region to have yielded substantial Bronze Age levels and structures, especially for the second millennium BC. This volume presents the main discoveries made by Doro Levi and Clelia Laviosa during their excavations of the 1960s and 1970s in the settlement area, and provides important new evidence for the study of Anatolian settlement history and material culture, Aegean and Anatolian Bronze Age networks of interaction, the ‘Minoan’ eruption of Santorini, and the phenomenon of Minoanisation in the Aegean. 


Prefazione [xi]

Preface and acknowledgements [xiii]

I. Introduction: a brief overview of explorations, excavations, and other research at Iasos, with reference to the prehistoric periods [1]

  1. The site and its location [1]
  2. Ancient sources and early travellers [1]
  3. Early Italian archaeological explorations in Caria (1921-22) and preliminaries to excavation (1955) [4]
  4. Summary of Prehistoric discoveries at Iasos (from 1960 untill 1987) [6]
  5. Levi’s and Laviosa’s excavations, recording methods and interpretations of the Bronze Age settlement at Iasos [12]
  6. The work of the BACI Project (1998-2004) [15]

II. The Bronze Age Buildings beneath the Geometric Cemetery in the Roman Agora (test trench by the west stylobate) [21]

  1. Structures and stratigraphy [21]
  2. Summary of Bronze Age stratigraphy and phasing in the area of the Roman Agora/Geometric Necropolis [37]

III. Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age-Late Bronze Age I finds [41]

  1. Introduction [41]
  2. Overview of Main Middle-Late Bronze Age ceramic classes (wares and other categories) and related fabrics [46]
  3. Iasos pottery fabrics and technologies [58]
  4. Overview of ‘other finds’ [106]
  5. Provenancing of obsidian sample 2003/16 (=TG 31) [108]
  6. Catalogues of selected finds from the Bronze Age buildings and structures beneath the Roman Agora and Geometric Necropolis (test trench by the west stylobate) [113]

IV. Summary and conclusions [153]

  1. Introduction [153]
  2. History, extent and character of Prehistoric occupation at Iasos [154]
  3. Iasos and the Aegean/Anatolian worlds: directionality and small-world networks, hegemony and resistance? [164]

Concordance table and catalogued items and museum numbers [171]

Bibliography [183]

List of tables, illustrations, figures and colour plates [199]

Index [211]


Colour plates 


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