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Kavousi IIA

Kavousi IIA: The Late Minoan IIIC Settlement at Vronda. The Buildings on the Summit

Leslie Preston Day
Nancy L. Klein
Lee Ann Turner
Heidi Dierckx
Kimberly Flint-Hamilton
Geraldine C. Gesell
Margaret S. Mook
David S. Reese
Lynn M. Snyder
Geraldine C. Gesell
Leslie Preston Day
Volume: 26
Copyright Date: 2009
Published by: INSTAP Academic Press
Pages: 400
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    Kavousi IIA
    Book Description:

    This volume is the second in the series of final reports on the work of the Kavousi Project and the first volume on the cleaning (19821984) and excavations (19871992) at the mountain sites located above the modern village of Kavousi in eastern Crete. These sites, Vronda and the Kastro, shed light on the Early Iron Age, the transitional period in Cretan history known popularly as the Dark Ages, thereby elucidating the way of life of the people who lived in the area of Kavousi during that period and how their culture changed over time. Kavousi IIA is devoted to the excavation of material from the Late Minoan IIIC settlement at Vronda, particulary the houses on the summit of the Vronda ridge (Buildings A-B, C-D, J-K, and Q), along with earlier (Building P) and later (Building R) structures around them.

    eISBN: 978-1-62303-027-8
    Subjects: Archaeology, History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. List of Tables
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. List of Charts
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. List of Figures
    (pp. xiii-xviii)
  6. List of Plates
    (pp. xix-xxiv)
  7. Preface
    (pp. xxv-xxviii)
    Geraldine C. Gesell and Leslie Preston Day
  8. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxix-xxxvi)
  9. List of Abbreviations
    (pp. xxxvii-xxxviii)
  10. Glossary
    (pp. xxxix-xl)
  11. 1 Introduction
    (pp. 1-14)
    Leslie Preston Day

    Vronda lies at 421–427 m AMSL at the top of the Xerambela Ridge, which is the prominent northwestern spur of Mount Papoura, south of the modern village of Kavousi (Pl. 1A) in eastern Crete. Near the ridge to the east is a spring, located at the top of an alluvial fan that runs down to the modern village (Fig. 1; Pl. 1B). The entire area, including the ridge and the top of the fan around the spring, is known today as Xerambela (“Dry Vineyards”), although at the beginning of the last century it was called Vronda (“Thunder Hill”).


  12. 2 Building A-B
    (pp. 15-64)
    Leslie Preston Day

    Building A-B is the designation given to the large LM IIIC building that lies along the southeastern side of the summit of the Vronda ridge (Fig. 2). It consists of two structures that are linked by a common orientation: Building A on top of the ridge and Building B along the southeastern side (Fig. 6). Where they come together at the southeastern corner of Building A and the northwestern corner of Building B, the walls of the two buildings do not bond, a fact which suggests that, although they were part of the same building complex, they were not built...

  13. 3 Building P
    (pp. 65-72)
    Leslie Preston Day

    Building P (Fig. 45) was investigated in the cleaning of 1984 and during the excavations of 1992 in four trenches (V 2800, V 2900, V 3300, V 3400). Lying beneath the LM IIIC remains, this Middle Minoan structure occupied the area between the later eastern wall of A1 (Wall V 2805/V 3305) and the East Terrace Wall (V 2903). Only two walls of the building were preserved: a long east wall (V 2902) and a shorter south wall (V 2802) with a bin (V 2807) lying against it to the south. The area between Wall V 2902 and the east...

  14. 4 Building Q
    (pp. 73-78)
    Leslie Preston Day

    In 1987 a single trench was opened to the east of Building A (Fig. 51). Only the portion of Trench V 2400 below and east of the East Terrace Wall was excavated, so the trench was irregular in shape. A linear accumulation visible on the surface suggested the existence of more houses in the area, and excavation showed that there were walls of buildings of LM IIIC date. There were at least two rooms separated by a wall (V 2402) that abutted against the East Terrace Wall, a fact that shows that the settlement continued on the terrace below the...

  15. 5 Building Complex C-D
    (pp. 79-124)
    Nancy L. Klein

    Building C-D is situated on the western side of the summit of the Vronda ridge. Although originally designated under separate names by the excavators, that is, as Building C and Building D, the two structures share the same orientation, have common walls, and must have been built with reference to each other over a relatively short period of time. This house complex has ten distinct rooms. Room numbering is subjective and was determined largely by the order of excavation and identification. Topography played a role in determining the plans, techniques, and materials of Building C-D. The builders exploited the natural...

  16. 6 Building Complex J-K and Building R
    (pp. 125-162)
    Lee Ann Turner

    The LM IIIC complex of Buildings J and K and the later, 17th-century structure Building R are located on the northeastern side of the Vronda hilltop (Fig. 2), with Building K to the north (423–424.5 m AMSL) and Buildings J and R upslope and to the south (424.5–426 m AMSL). They are considered together here as a single complex since they are contiguous and share a common north–south orientation (Figs. 82, 83); this orientation is, with the exception of Buildings L and M, unique on Vronda.

    Prior to excavation there was a single modern terrace wall in...

  17. Appendix A: Kavousi Coarse Ware Fabrics
    (pp. 163-168)
    Margaret S. Mook and Leslie Preston Day
  18. Bibliography
    (pp. 169-174)
  19. Index
    (pp. 177-184)
  20. Tables
    (pp. 185-210)
  21. Charts
    (pp. 211-242)
  22. Figures
    (pp. 243-334)
  23. Plates
    (pp. 335-368)