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Kavousi I

Kavousi I: The Archaeological Survey of the Kavousi Region

Donald C. Haggis
Geraldine C. Gesell
Leslie Preston Day
John T. Ammons
Peter M. Day
John E. Foss
Louise Joyner
Evangelia Kiriatzi
Margaret S. Mook
Michael W. Morris
Maria Relaki
Michael E. Timpson
Volume: 16
Copyright Date: 2005
Published by: INSTAP Academic Press
Pages: 392
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    Kavousi I
    Book Description:

    Kavousi I is the initial volume of the Kavousi Excavation Series, which presents the final report of the Kavousi Project, a program of archaeological investigation near the modern village of Kavousi in eastern Crete. Subsequent volumes will publish the results of the 1987-1992 excavations at the Vronda and Kastro sites in the Siteia Mountains overlooking Kavousi and of the cleaning and new study of the excavations of Harriet Boyd in 1900 and 1901. This volume, Kavousi I: The Archaeological Survey of the Kavousi Region , provides a comprehensive look at the topography of the area, its natural resources, and the way in which the local people interacted with them over time, as shown in the changing pattern of settlement. It sets the stage for the report on the excavations and provides an introduction to the local soils and to the pottery classification used by the excavators.

    eISBN: 978-1-62303-036-0
    Subjects: Archaeology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. List of Tables and Chart
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. List of Figures
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. List of Plates
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  6. Preface to the Kavousi Excavation Series
    (pp. xvii-xx)
    Geraldine C. Gesell and Leslie Preston Day
  7. Preface to Kavousi I
    (pp. xxi-xxiv)
    Donald C. Haggis
  8. Acknowledgments for the Kavousi Excavation Series
    (pp. xxv-xxvi)
  9. Acknowledgments for Kavousi I
    (pp. xxvii-xxx)
  10. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxxi-xxxii)
  11. Glossary
    (pp. xxxiii-xxxiv)
  12. 1 Introduction
    (pp. 1-8)

    This chapter gives a brief account of the history of archaeological research in the Kavousi area and describes the theoretical and methodological background of the Kavousi-Thriphti Survey. It aims to bring together what was known of the area’s archaeology and history before fieldwork began and to describe the reasons for conducting the survey. In addition, the chapter outlines the archaeological problems and issues that had a bearing on the research design.

    The area of the modern village of Kavousi and its surrounding district is composed of three converging environments in northeastern Crete: the Isthmus of Ierapetra (the narrow, twelve-kilometer-long lowland...

  13. 2 The Physical Landscape
    (pp. 9-22)

    This chapter describes the topography, terrain, hydrology, geology, and soil of the Kavousi area and serves as an introduction to the detailed scientific study of geomorphology, vegetation, and sediment development given by Michael Morris in Appendix 1 (“A Pedological Investigation and Soil Survey of the Kavousi Region”), a component of a larger study of soils in eastern Crete (M. Morris 2002). Analysis of local vegetation, modern land use, and recent and modern settlements has an important place in archaeological studies, in that it contributes to the overall picture of the physical landscape and provides a basis for reconstructing past human...

  14. 3 The Archaeological Survey
    (pp. 23-42)

    This chapter offers an overview of the methodology, field techniques, and results of the Kavousi-Thriphti Survey. It includes a discussion of problems encountered in the field and interpretive issues that affect the description of the sites in the site gazetteer (Chapter 6) and the final synthesis in Chapter 5, which presents the history of settlement in the Kavousi area. The objectives are to explain how the data were recovered and interpreted and to discuss the criteria that were used to establish site sizes, as well as the nature of artifacts, features, and surface conditions that were used to define site...

  15. 4 The Pottery
    (pp. 43-58)

    This chapter presents an overview of the pottery recovered and documented during the site-recording stage of the survey and an outline of the Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Early Iron Age coarse fabric typology, which is published in greater detail in Appendices 2 and 3 below. The bold-faced numbers used throughout this chapter are references to the object catalog numbers located in the site gazetteer (Chapter 6): “6.4,” for example, refers to site 6, sherd number 4, in the object catalog for that site.

    The artifact is usually the smallest unit of cultural data recoverable from the landscape in surface survey....

  16. 5 The History of Settlement
    (pp. 59-88)

    This chapter describes the character of settlement and land use in the Kavousi area. It outlines the history of settlement from Neolithic to Late Roman times, integrating the site typology and environmental data presented in Chapters 2 and 3 into a discussion of the meaning of settlement patterns through time. A reconstruction of settlement development and site interaction in various periods provides a picture of changing responses to both local environment, as well as external social, political, and economic influences. Site catalog numbers are given in bold face throughout, in order to facilitate cross-referencing with the pottery discussion (Chapter 4)...

  17. 6 Gazetteer of Archaeological Sites
    (pp. 89-148)

    The first title of each entry contains, in boldface, the site number, followed by the site name, which is usually a local toponym. The site numbers correspond to those on the maps throughout Chapters 3 and 5 (Figs. 5–23). Below the site name are the original locus number(s) (Haggis 1992), field designation (Fig. 4), grid coordinates (British Admiralty Map, Sheet 22, Ierapetra), and the site’s size in hectares. Minimal topographical information and elevation, as well as the chronological phases suggested by the pottery are also included. For sites that consisted of single isolated installations—such as cisterns, rock-cut cists,...

  18. 7 Conclusions
    (pp. 149-152)

    The Kavousi Thriphti Survey was designed as a dissertation project in the late 1980s, following the lead of the pioneering work in Hagiofarango (Blackman and Branigan 1977; 1975), Lasithi (Watrous 1982) and Chania (Moody 1987), and amidst a burgeoning discourse on survey and a confluence of methodological concerns and approaches to archaeological landscapes in the Aegean (Alcock and Cherry, eds. 2004, esp. 1–4; Cherry 1994; 1983b; Cherry et al. 1991). On Crete, while topographical survey continued to be an important part of archaeological research continuing the tradition of site prospecting of the 1960s (Nowicki 2004; 2000a; Tzedakis et al....

  19. Appendix 1. A Pedological Investigation and Soil Survey of the Kavousi Region
    (pp. 153-166)
    Michael W. Morris, John T. Ammons, Michael E. Timpson and John E. Foss
  20. Appendix 2. The Kavousi Fabrics: A Typology for Coarse Pottery in the Mirabello Region of Eastern Crete
    (pp. 167-176)
    Margaret S. Mook
  21. Appendix 3. Petrographic Analysis of Some Final Neolithic—Early Minoan II Pottery from the Kavousi Area
    (pp. 177-196)
    Peter M. Day, Louise Joyner, Evangelia Kiriatzi and Maria Relaki
  22. Appendix 4. Concordance of Artifacts
    (pp. 197-212)
  23. Bibliography
    (pp. 213-232)
  24. Index
    (pp. 233-242)
  25. Tables and Chart
    (pp. None)
  26. Figures
    (pp. None)
  27. Plates
    (pp. None)