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Mochlos IIB

Mochlos IIB: Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery: The Pottery

R. Angus K. Smith
Eleni Banou
Eleni Nodarou
Thomas M. Brogan
Douglas Faulmann
Ann M. Nicgorski
Jeffrey S. Soles
Jeffrey S. Soles
Costis Davaras
Volume: 26
Copyright Date: 2010
Published by: INSTAP Academic Press
Pages: 320
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    Mochlos IIB
    Book Description:

    Excavations carried out at two Late Minoan III sites at Mochlos in eastern Crete yielded a pottery assemblage from 31 tombs and 11 houses, which are cataloged, discussed, and illustrated together with petrographic analyses. The cemetery remains mirror the settlement remains, and the conclusions discuss how the two sites reflect each other. Rarely in Crete are a settlement and its cemetery both preserved, and it is extremely fortunate to be able to document both in a series of scientific excavation reports (Mochlos IIA-IIC). Contents: Introduction; 1. Petrographic Analysis of the Late Minoan III Ceramics; 2. The Late Minoan II-III Pottery; 3. Conclusions: The Decoration, Character, and Relative Chronology of the Late Minoan II-III Pottery; App. A. Petrographic Descriptions; App. B. Earlier Minoan and Later Orientalizing Pottery from Late Minoan III Contexts; Bibliography; Conc. A; Conc. B; Index; Tables; Figures; Plates.

    eISBN: 978-1-62303-051-3
    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 Figures
    (pp. ix-xiv)
  5. List of Plates
    (pp. xv-xviii)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xix-xx)
    Jeffrey S. Soles, Costis Davaras and R. Angus K. Smith
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  8. Introduction
    (pp. 1-2)
    R. Angus K. Smith and Jeffrey S. Soles

    This book presents the ceramic vessels from the Late Minoan (LM) II–III settlement at Mochlos and its cemetery at Limenaria, which lies opposite the settlement a short distance to the south. Mochlos IIB is the second of three volumes in the Mochlos Publication Series concerned with the LM II–III settlement and cemetery. Volume IIA (Soles 2008) describes the architecture and stratigraphy of the settlement and the tombs, as well as the details of the burials, and it contains the excavators’ general conclusions about the LM III occupation. Volume IIC (Soles et al., forthcoming) presents a synthetic study of...

  9. 1 Petrographic Analysis of the Late Minoan III Ceramics
    (pp. 3-14)
    Eleni Nodarou

    Petrographic analysis is widely applied in the study of prehistoric ceramics, as the characterization of petrographic fabric groups provides valuable information on the provenance and technology of the ceramic material under study. In many instances petrography has proved to be the best complement to macroscopic analysis, and, in the case of Crete, it has become a “routine part of pottery study” (Day, Joyner, and Relaki 2003, 13). This has led to a significant refinement of the questions asked about pottery, the methodology of analysis, and the discussion of the results. Accordingly, the design of the analytical project, the sampling, and...

  10. 2 Late Minoan II–III Pottery
    (pp. 15-124)
    R. Angus K. Smith and Eleni Banou

    The LM II–III ceramic typology is organized into five broad categories of shape: open, closed, specialized, cooking, and miscellaneous. Within these categories the typology subdivides the vessels into more specific categories. Open vessels may be designated as those whose mouths are wide and unrestricted in comparison to their general shape. In general, these are drinking and eating vessels, although some most likely served other, more specialized functions (basins and vats, for example). Closed vessels, on the other hand, were intended primarily for storage and/or transport, and therefore they have relatively narrow and restricted mouths. These include liquid storage vessel...

  11. 3 Conclusions: Decoration, Character, and Relative Chronology of the Late Minoan II–III Pottery
    (pp. 125-138)
    R. Angus K. Smith

    This chapter is concerned with the overall character of the pottery and its relative chronology. In the first section, the overall groupings of wares recognized in LM II–III Mochlos are examined. The term “wares” is meant to convey the overall character of the pottery as a synthesis of its shape, surface treatment (including decoration), macroscopic and petrographic analysis of fabric, and any observed indications of manufacturing technology. The most characteristic local wares include the Dipped Decorative Tradition and the Pattern-painted Tradition, as well as the coarse phyllite wares used both for storage and cooking. These are described and discussed...

  12. Appendix A. Petrographic Descriptions
    (pp. 139-154)
    Eleni Nodarou
  13. Appendix B. Earlier Minoan and Later Orientalizing Pottery from Late Minoan III Contexts
    (pp. 155-164)
    Jeffrey S. Soles and Ann M. Nicgorski
  14. References
    (pp. 165-170)
  15. Concordance A. Field Numbers and Catalog Numbers for Mochlos vols. IIA, IIB, IIC
    (pp. 173-190)
  16. Concordance B. Contexts and Catalog Numbers in Mochlos vols. IIA, IIB, IIC
    (pp. 191-202)
  17. Index
    (pp. 205-208)
  18. Tables
    (pp. None)
  19. Figures
    (pp. None)
  20. Plates
    (pp. None)