Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2011

19 November 2011

The Pottery from Karphi a Re-examination

Leslie Preston Day

The Pottery from Karphi a Re-examination

City: London

Year: 2011

Publisher: The British School at Athens

Series: BSA Studies No. 19

Description: Hardback, 392 p., 2 colour pls, 29 half-tone pls, 158 in-text figs, 4 tables, 30,5x21,5 cm


The site of Karphi, high above the Lasithi plateau, remains one of the most extensively investigated settlements of Early Iron Age Greece; it was excavated by the British School at Athens under the direction of John Pendlebury in 1937-39. In the report that swiftly followed the pottery was not presented in detail, though much was discussed in a later article by Mercy Seiradaki. Consequently there existed serious problems in dating the remains and understanding their meaning. This volume now presents a thorough study of the Karphi pottery, much hitherto unpublished, accompanied by copious new drawings and photographs. The author’s expertise with material from contemporary Cretan sites, especially from the Kavousi excavations, provides major insights. Moreover, thanks to careful recording by the excavators and the survival of the excavation notebooks, the material can be presented here by context, which permits the date of the settlement to be clarified and its history to be re-evaluated. While early pottery appears as small fragments from under floors, streets, and courts, later LM IIIC whole vessels seem to have been abandoned on floors. The tombs continued in use long after the abandonment of the settlement. Ceramic assemblages also help to determine room and building functions, leading to a reconstruction of social practices at this key site. A chapter by Eleni Nodarou and Ioannis Iliopoulos presents the results of petrographic and SEM analyses. Thus, this study serves as a significant contribution to our overall understanding of Early Iron Age Crete.


List of abbreviations [vi]
List of figures [vii]
List of plates [x]
List of tables [xi]
Acknowledgements [xii]
Preface [xiii]

  1. Introduction [1]
  2. Mikre Koprana (tC 147-150), the Eastern Side of the Settlement: The Eastern Quarter (K 135-144), Barracks (K 2-7, K 134), Road House (K 145) and Southeast Block (K 130-131) [7]
  3. The Northeast Quadrant: the Temple (K 1) and its dependencies (K 19-20, K 38-41), Great House (K 9-14) and Great House Shrine (K 15-18), Temple Road (K 70, K 72, K 76), and Baker’s House (K 71, K 73-74) [43]
  4. The Southeast Quadrant: the Square (K 10, K 32), Magazines (K 21-23, K 29-31, K 33-37), Southern Houses (K 24-28, K 42-51), Broad Road (K 52-54, K 56), and Small Shrine (K 55-57) [83]
  5. The Southwest Quadrant: the Priest’s House (K 58-61, K 80). Central West Quarter (K 66-69, K 81-88, K 96-97, K 100), Southern Shelters (K 62-65, K 90-95, K 98-99), Broad Road II (K 101, K 103, K 105, K 117) [137]
  6. The Northwest Quadrant: the Commercial Quarter (K 77-79, K 89, K 112, K 116), Eastern Cliff Houses (K 75, K 110, K 118-119), Western Cliff Houses (K 102, K 106, K 113-115, K 120-121, K 126), Northern Shelters (K 104, K 107-109, K 122-125, K 127), and Summit (K 128-129) [169]
  7. The Vitzelovrysis Spring and Tombs at Ta Mnemata (M 1-17) and Atsividhero (A 1-4) [221]
  8. Pottery from uncertain contexts [243]
  9. Pottery analysis [253]
  10. Conclusions [325]
  11. Appendix. Analysis of Postpalatial pottery from Karphi (by Eleni Nodarou and loannis lliopoulos) [337]

Bibliography [349]

Index [355]



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