Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2014

2 April 2015

Post-Prehistoric Ceramics and Chalcolithic to Iron Age Ground Stone Artefacts from the Field Survey in Northwestern Cyprus, 1992-1999

Edited by Dariusz Maliszewski

Post-Prehistoric Ceramics and Chalcolithic to Iron Age Ground Stone Artefacts from the Field Survey in Northwestern Cyprus, 1992-1999

City: Warsaw

Year: 2014

Publisher: Creator Publishing House

Series: Polis-Pyrgos Archaeological Project II

Description: Paperback, 250 p., numerous b/w figures, 6 b/w and 1 colour maps, 29,7x21 cm


The results of the Polis-Pyrgos Archaeological Project (PAP) have now been published in two volumes that present the work of an extensive field survey conducted over nearly a decade in the area of northwestern Cyprus – from the western bank of the Chrysochou River along the north coast of the island eastward to Kato Pyrgos. The first volume treated the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age pottery collected by the survey project in the environs of Polis tis Chrysochous (Polis), the successor to ancient Marion and Arsinoe. The present publication builds on the first volume by supplementing the conclusions reached regarding ancient occupation in the region by examining the other ceramics and ground stone artefacts, as well as investigating the role of the environment and natural resources. Covering a broad time span, the chronological spread of the material ranges from the beginning of the 4th millennium B.C. and continues into the modern era. Objects are presented within a contextual framework that considers local, regional, and intra-island interactions that brings the results of the PAP survey into the discussion of broader topics within the discipline of Cypriot studies. Of special interest are the ceramics that date from the Cypro-Classical to modern era, as well as the terracotta sculpture, which have been analyzed not only within the context of ancient Cyprus, but also in relation to the Greek world and the eastern Mediterranean. The results of the PAP survey move beyond the former view of northwestern Cyprus as terra inhabitata. Of some ninety recorded sites, as many as sixty-five produced objects and the spatial distribution of datable pottery allows for recognition of the diachronic development of this part of the island. The PAP survey has provided a more cogent view of broader settlement trends in an intriguing area of Cyprus and, undoubtedly, will encourage scholars to engage in intensive archaeological exploration in the future.


Dariusz Maliszewski, Introduction [1]

I. Joanna S. Smith, Iron Age Pottery [3]

1. Cypro-Geometric I-II? [4]
2. Cypro-Geometric III-Cypro-Archaic II [5]
References [20]
Map 1 [21]
Drawings [22]
Photographs [32]

II. R. Scott Moore & Brandon R. Olson, Cypro-Classical to Late Roman Ceramics [49]

1. Cypro-Classical [50]
2. Early Hellenistic [51]
3. Late Hellenistic-Roman [54] 
4. Late Roman [60]
References [69]
Diagrams 1-3 [73]
Map 2 [76]
Drawings [77]
Photographs [86]

III. Bethany J. Walker, Byzantine to Modern Ceramics [97]

1. Byzantine [100]
2. Late Byzantine-Medieval [101]
3. Medieval [106]
4. Medieval-Modern [110]
5. Early Modern (Venetian and Ottoman) [113]
6. Modern [115]
References [117]
Map 3 [119]
Drawings [120]
Photographs [128]

IV. Nancy Serwint, Prehistoric to Cypro-Classical Terracotta Sculpture [139]

1. Typology [139] 
2. Chronology [142]
3. Size [143]
4. Technique [144]
5. Conclusion [147]
6. Catalogue [148]
References [153]
Appendixes A-F [155]
Map 4 [159]
Drawings [160]
Photographs [161]

V. Carolyn Elliott-Xenophontos, Chalcolithic to Iron Age Ground Stone Artefacts [165]

1. The Sites and Types of Artefacts [165]
2. Conclusion [174]
3. Catalogue [175]
References [186]
Table 1 [188]
Diagram 4 [189]
Map 5 [190]
Drawings [191]
Photographs [215]

VI. Costas Xenophontos, Environment and Resources [231]

1. Site Descriptions [232]
2. The Enigmatic ‘Jasper’ Pottery [235]
References [236]
Map 6 [237]

VII. Dariusz Maliszewski, Occupation in light of the Survey Finds [239]

1. Chronological and Spatial Distribution [239]
2. Concluding Remarks, Problems and Prospects [241]
References [243]
Table 2 [244]

List of diagrams [247]
List of maps [247]
List of tables [247]
Abbreviations [248]


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