Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2015

4 May 2016

Hagios Charalambos. A Minoan Burial Cave in Crete. II. The Pottery

Louise C. Langford-Verstegen

Hagios Charalambos. A Minoan Burial Cave in Crete. II. The Pottery

City: Philadelphia

Year: 2015

Publisher: INSTAP Academic Press

Series: Prehistory Monographs 51

Description: Hardback, 222 p., 38 b/w figures, 7 b/w & colour plates, 28.4x22.1


The finds from the cave at Hagios Charalambos in the Lasithi Plain illustrates secondary burial practices in Early and Middle Bronze Age Crete. The cavern adds to our knowledge of Early and Middle Minoan Lasithi and illuminates the function of the cave at Trapeza, which has close parallels for most classes of objects found at Hagios Charalambos. Most of the pottery from the site is made locally, but a selection of imports from elsewhere in Crete ranges in date from EM I or earlier to MM IIB. The pottery shows a shift in the use of imports during the site’s history, reflecting a change in economic and/or political dominance and influence in Lasithi. Typical of pottery associated with burials, the types of vessels were mostly used for pouring and drinking liquids. Other small vessels probably contained precious oils, liquids, and unguents. The local offering tables would have been carried by a short stem and could hold a liquid or solid offering. The pottery shows that the people who deposited their dead in the secondary burial cave at Hagios Charalambos were in contact with ceramic production centers in East Crete, the Mesara, Knossos, the Pediada, and Malia. This range of influences speaks not only of trade relations and political spheres of influence but also of tastes in pottery production and consumption.


List of Tables in the Text [ix]
List of Figures [xi]
List of Plates [xv]
Overview [xvii]
Acknowledgments [xix]
List of Abbreviations [xxi]

Chapter 1. Minoan Caves: Points to Consider Regarding Function [1]
Chapter 2. Methodology [5]
Chapter 3. Coarse Fabrics, Neolithic to EM 1 [9]
Chapter 4. Coarse and Fine Fabrics, EM I-IIA [15]
Chapter 5. Dark Burnished Offering Tables in Monochrome Style with Coarse Phyllile Fabric, EM I-IIA [19]
Chapter 6. Vasiliki Ware and Its Imitations, EM IIB [23]
Chapter 7. Vessels in Pale Fabrics with Mostly Light-ο η-Dark Decoration, EM III-MM II [27]
Chapter 8. Diagonal Line Style Jugs and Other Small Jugs in Pale Fabrics, MM I [31]
Chapter 9. Jugs with Bosses in Barbotine Style, MM I—II [35]
Chapter 10. Knossian Pottery, EM II-MM II [37]
Chapter 11. Fine Red Fabrics with Dark Red Slip, Mostly MM IB [39]

Chapter 12. Cups and Trefoil-Mouthed Jugs with Parallels from Galatas, MM IB [41]
Chapter 13. Kamares Ware, MM IB-IIB [43]
Chapter 14. Chamaizi Pots, MM IIΒ [45]
Chapter 15. Imports into Lasithi with Parallels from Malia, MM I-IIB [47]
Chapter 16. Various Nonlocal Fabric Groups, EM III-MM IIB [51]
Chapter 17. The Lasithi Red Fabric Group, EM II-MM II [55]
Chapter 18. Conclusions [69]

Appendix A. Petrographic Analysis of Selected Pottery Samples (Eleni Nodarou) [75]
Appendix B. The Pottery Statistics (Philip P. Betancourt, Susan C. Ferrence, Louise C. Langford-Verstegen) [101]
Appendix C. The Elusive Site of the Primary Burials of the Hagios Charalambos Cave: A Speculative Scenario (Costis Davaras) [119]
Concordance of Excavation and Museum Numbers with Catalog Numbers [129]

References [135]
Index [143]


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