La ceramica in contesto. L’ edificio protopalaziale sull’ Acropoli Mediana di Festos nel MM IIB
Giorgia Baldacci Στο F. Longo, R. di Cesare & S. Privitera (eds) 2016. ΔΡΟΜΟΙ. Studi sul mondo antico offerti a Emanuele Greco dagli allievi della Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, Atene-Paestum: 437-446.
The protopalatial building comprising rooms CV, CVI and CVII is located 100 m west of the Palace of Phaistos, on the southwestern slope of the so-called “Middle Acropolis’’. The complex, which was the object of a rescue excavation between 1969 and 1971, shows features setting it sharply apart from the other domestic structures unearthed outside the palace area. These features suggest it was a building with special functions. The report published by D. Levi examines only part of the pottery, and only from a typological perspective. A more complete study of the vases and sherds from the MM IIB floors of the building would allow one to trace the original find-spot of the vessels and assess the function of the pottery groups. In this paper, the data coming from the study of the pottery and architecture are considered together in order to shed light on the function of the rooms of the building, which, the author argues, must have been used for collective drinking by a much larger group of people than a household.