Fifty years of systematic excavation, scientific research, study and conservation measures have revealed the history of the settlement at Akrotiri and the cultural achievements of the society that lived there. At the height of its prosperity, the cosmopolitan city one of the most important urban centres in the prehistoric Aegean, was struck by an earthquake that heralded the eruption of the Thera volcano, which buried it for posterity under a thick mantle of pumice and ash. The ruined buildings, the thousands of objects recovered from them and the remarkable wall-paintings that decorated them give us an insight into the daily life, the aesthetics and the ideology of the ‘bourgeois’ inhabitants of this once thriving port.
Edited by Anastasia Papathanasiou, William A. Parkinson, Daniel J. Pullen, Michael L. Galaty & Panagiotis KarkanasOxford2018
This edited volume offers a full scholarly interdisciplinary study and interpretation of the results of approximately 40 years of excavation and analysis. It includes numerous chemical analyses and a much needed long series of radiocarbon dates, the corresponding microstratigraphic, stratigraphic and ceramic sequence, the human burials, stone and bone tools, faunal and floral remains, isotopic analyses, specific locations of human activities and ceremonies inside the cave, as well as a site description and the history of the excavation conducted by G. Papathanassopoulos.
Most of the papers presented here are multifaceted and complex in that they do not deal with only one topic or narrowly focus on a single line of reasoning or dataset. Arranged geographically they explore a series of key themes: Chronology, cultural affinities, and synchronization in material culture; changing social structure and economy; inter- and intra-site space use and settlement patterns, caves and include both site reports and regional studies.