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The Hagia Photia Cemetery II

The Hagia Photia Cemetery II: The Pottery

Costis Davaras
Philip P. Betancourt
Peter M. Day
Anno Hein
Louise Joyner
Vassilis Kilikoglou
Evangelia Kiriatzi
Alexandra Tsolakidou
David E. Wilson
Volume: 34
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: INSTAP Academic Press
Pages: 340
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    The Hagia Photia Cemetery II
    Book Description:

    The publication of the Hagia Photia Cemetery is planned in three volumes. The first volume, which has already been published (Davaras and Betancourt 2004), presented the tomb groups and the architecture. The second volume about the excavation of the Hagia Photia cemetery focuses on the pottery. The third volume will present the obsidian, stone finds, metal objects, and other discoveries. The Early Minoan I tombs at Hagia Photia included the largest assemblage of vessels in Cycladic style known from Crete as well as vases from production workshops in Crete. The pottery is extremely important for several reasons, including the definition of the EM I ceramic styles that were being used as funerary offerings in this part of Crete, the establishment of the chronological synchronisms between Crete and the Cyclades, and information on the history of the Minoan pottery industry. When compared with other deposits from EM I Crete, the pottery helps to establish a better understanding of the ceramic development within the first Minoan time period.

    eISBN: 978-1-62303-072-8
    Subjects: Archaeology, Art & Art History, History

Table of Contents

  1. List of Illustrations in the Text
    (pp. vii-viii)

    • 1 Introduction
      (pp. 3-4)

      The cemetery at Hagia Photia consisted of about 300 tombs. The most elaborate graves were built by excavating a rectangular to rounded shaft into the ground and then digging out a side chamber for the deceased and the associated grave goods. The doorway between the burial chamber and the entrance shaft was blocked with a large slab, and the shaft was then filled with stones. The bones were in poor condition, but one could tell that the graves contained from one to over 10 individuals. Other tombs were more simple, consisting of a simple pit in the ground, and one...

    • 2 Catalog of Cycladic Style Pottery
      (pp. 5-78)

      The pottery provides the largest body of evidence for the analysis of the cemetery at Hagia Photia. In the catalog presented here, each vase is described along with its tomb context, dimensions, and other information. All dimensions are in centimeters. The color of the clay surface is given in the Munsell system (Kollmorgen Instrument Corporation 1992). For the position of each vessel in the tomb, and for lists of all objects that were found together, the reader is referred to volume I. Unless noted otherwise, all the vessels are from the Kampos Group, at the end of Early Cycladic (EC)...

    • 3 Catalog of Cretan Pottery
      (pp. 79-90)

      The finest and most distinctively decorated pottery of Early Minoan Crete can be divided into several styles, only a few of which occur at Hagia Photia. Some of the named styles are specific wares that can be associated with particular regions. In this volume, the word ware is applied only to classes of ceramics where both the style of surface treatment and the fabric can be identified. For EM I, the period to which most of the pottery from Hagia Photia dates, the most frequently occurring classes include the Monochrome Style, the Hagios Onouphrios Style, and the Pyrgos Style (Betancourt...


    • 4 General Discussion
      (pp. 93-114)

      The cemetery at Hagia Photia, which was located on a low hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea 5 km east of the modern city of Siteia (Fig. 21), was almost certainly associated with a nearby settlement that is best known from its fortified Middle Minoan levels (Tsipopoulou 2007a). An earlier suggestion placed it at the location of the modern village (Watrous 2001, 166). The ancient site was founded at the edge of a small fertile plain that was suitable for agriculture, near a cave that would have provided water when the rest of the landscape was dry. Because the settlement’s EM...

  4. Appendix A: Petrographic and Chemical Analysis of Pottery from the Cemetery at Hagia Photia, Siteia
    (pp. 115-138)
    Peter M. Day, Anno Hein, Louise Joyner, Vassilis Kilikoglou, Evangelia Kiriatzi, Alexandra Tsolakidou and David E. Wilson
  5. Concordance Museum and Catalog Numbers
    (pp. 147-160)