Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2010

15 September 2010

The Hieroglyphic Archive at Petras, Siteia

Metaxia Tsipopoulou & Erik Hallager with contributions by Cesare D’Annibale & Dimitra Mylona

The Hieroglyphic Archive at Petras, Siteia

City: Athens

Year: 2010

Publisher: The Danish Institute at Athens

Series: Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens, volume 9

Description: Hardback, 272 p., b/w ill., maps, tables, drawings, 28x21,5 cm

From the Introduction of the book

The excavation at Petras started in 1985, initially as a small – scale test dig. In the late 1980’s it was granted the status of a ‘systematic research project’ by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. It is a happy coincidence that the 25th anniversary of the excavation and the studies of its finds is marked by the presentation to the scholarly community of this monograph which constitutes the final publication of the hieroglyphic archive that came to light in a MM IIB destruction deposit of the palace of Petras.

The preservation of the palatial building of Petras was less than perfect. It was very close to the surface, on a flat surface. Furthermore, the construction of 33 Byzantine graves had caused serious damage to the Neopalatial walls and architectural features. The whole south part of the palace is not preserved, and there are no indications of its original size. The finding of the first Linear A tablet, just below the surface in a disturbed layer containing many Byzantine sherds, in the west part of the building, and soon afterwards of a second one, in the same layer, suggested that the building had a certain administrative function, although it was not possible to establish the exact type of administration they represented. The Linear A tablets constituted important evidence, but they were not sufficient to prove the building’s function as the centre of a wider geographic area (constituting what is usually called a ‘palace’). We will never know whether Petras was equipped with a Linear A archive which was not preserved.


Preface [7-9]

Introduction by Metaxia Tsipopoulou & Erik Hallager [10-16]

Bibliography [17-20]

The archeological context by Metaxia Tsipopoulou with comments by Erik Hallager [21-47]



The pottery by Metaxia Tsipopoulou [49-68]

The archival documents by Erik Hallager

Clay bars [70-73]

Medallions [74-79]

Roundels [80-81]

Noduli? [82-83]

Crescents [84-83]

Irregular string nodules [87-92]

Combination nodules [93-101]

Direct sealings [102-117]

Miscellaneous [118-128]

Lumps [129-132]

Other small finds by Erik Hallager [133]



The pottery by Metaxia Tsipopoulou [135-153]

The inscriptions by Erik Hallager [155-181]

The nodules and their types – definitions and discussions by Erik Hallager [182-194]

The seal impression and the seals by Erik Hallager [195-205]

The obsidian by Cesare D’Annibale [207-219]

The bones by Dimitra Mylona [221-232]

The archive – conclusions with an epilogue by Erik Hallager & Metaxia Tsipopoulou [233-259]

Concordance list of excavation numbers

Concordance list of inscriptions

Concordance list of inventoried finds

Concordance list of seal impressions



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