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Kavousi IIB

Kavousi IIB: The Late Minoan IIIC Settlement at Vronda. The Buildings on the Periphery

Leslie Preston Day
Kevin T. Glowacki
Heidi Dierckx
M.E. Evans
Kimberly Flint-Hamilton
Geraldine C. Gesell
David S. Reese
Lynn M. Snyder
Geraldine C. Gesell
Leslie Preston Day
Volume: 39
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: INSTAP Academic Press
Pages: 444
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    Kavousi IIB
    Book Description:

    This is the second of three planned volumes in the final report on the cleaning and excavations at the Late Bronze Age site of Vronda near Kavousi in eastern Crete. It describes the excavation, stratigraphy, and architecture of the buildings on the slopes of the Vronda ridge: Building Complexes E, I-O-N, and L-M, Building F, and the pottery kiln, as well as areas excavated on the periphery that did not belong to any of these buildings. It also presents lists, catalogs, and images of artifacts and ecofacts that were uncovered at the site.

    eISBN: 978-1-62303-277-7
    Subjects: History, Archaeology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. List of Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. List of Charts
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  5. List of Figures
    (pp. xv-xx)
  6. List of Plates
    (pp. xxi-xxvi)
  7. Preface
    (pp. xxvii-xxviii)
    Leslie Preston Day and Kevin T. Glowacki
  8. List of Abbreviations
    (pp. xxix-xxx)
  9. Glossary
    (pp. xxxi-xxxii)
  10. 1 Building Complex E
    (pp. 1-46)
    Leslie Preston Day

    Building E is located on the southeastern slope of the Vronda ridge (Figs. 1–3) and lies at a lower level than the houses on the summit. The rooms are oriented according to the topographical contour lines and run northeast to southwest. For ease of reference, directions for Building E will be given as if the building were rotated counterclockwise, so that the northeast end is called north and the southwest end is south.

    At least two separate houses make up Building Complex E, although these were not distinguished by different designations at the time of excavation because it was...

  11. 2 Building F
    (pp. 47-50)
    Leslie Preston Day

    Building F was first discovered in 1987 by a worker clearing a collapsed terrace wall on the southwest side of the Vronda ridge. While removing large quantities of tumbled stones, the worker uncovered the upright stones of the carefully built doorway of the building. Excavation commenced here in Trench V 500 and continued in 1988. A second trench (V 1000) was opened in 1988 to the north, but no trace of the building was found. The western edge of the building was detected in the east balk of Trench V 8800 but was not excavated.

    Building F lies on the...

  12. 3 Kiln and Surrounding Area
    (pp. 51-56)
    Leslie Preston Day

    A geomagnetic survey conducted in the field southwest of the Vronda ridge in 1986 turned up a strong anomaly, both in the magnetometer readings and in the electrical resistivity (Fig. 57; Papamarinopoulos and Tsokas 1988; Gesell, Day, and Coulson 1988, 290–293; Day, Coulson, and Gesell 1989). This survey prompted the excavation of three trenches in the general area in 1987: V 9000, V 9100, and VW 6000 (at first erroneously numbered V 8600, V 8700, and V 9000 but subsequently corrected in the records). Although Trench VW 6000 produced little in the way of artifacts and no architecture, a...

  13. 4 Building Complex I-O-N
    (pp. 57-142)
    Kevin T. Glowacki

    Building Complex I-O-N is located on the western slope of Vronda, approximately 20 m west of Building C-D and 25 m northwest of Building G (Figs. 1, 3; Pl. 11A; Gesell, Day, and Coulson 1988, 293; 1995, 82–91; Gesell, Coulson, and Day 1991, 163–167; Glowacki 2002; 2004; 2007; McEnroe 2010, 148–150). Three different buildings were recognized in this complex (Figs. 64, 65): Building I on the east consisting of five rooms and a courtyard to the north; Building O, of which four rooms were identified, on a terrace down from Building I to the west; and Building...

  14. 5 Building Complex L-M
    (pp. 143-162)
    Leslie Preston Day

    Building Complex L-M is located on the northern slope of the Vronda ridge, approximately 10 m to the north of Building J-K (Figs. 1, 3). Prior to excavation, this area had been seriously denuded by erosion and disturbed by modern activity from both habitation and agriculture. Erosion has removed most of the soil from the slopes, except where the ancient or modern terrace walls, which were often built on top of ancient walls, held in the soil. Modern activity in the area can be seen in at least two modernalonia,or threshing floors—one in Trench V 7300, the...

  15. 6 Other Areas in the Environs of the Vronda Ridge
    (pp. 163-178)
    Leslie Preston Day

    Many trenches were opened on the western slope of the Vronda ridge to investigate the area between Building Complexes C-D and I-O-N and the south-western slope around Building G (Figs. 1, 3, 132). None of the trenches on the southwest produced significant architectural remains of the LM IIIC settlement, only walls associated with later grave activity (Grave 6 in V 10300 and V 10800; Grave 30 in V 10500). The artifacts suggest possible usage of the area during LM IIIC, but much of the material found there may have washed down from the buildings above. These areas may have lain...

  16. Appendix A: Archaeomagnetic Results from Kavousi
    (pp. 179-182)
    M.E. Evans
  17. Bibliography
    (pp. 183-188)
  18. Index
    (pp. 189-196)
  19. Tables
    (pp. None)
  20. Charts
    (pp. None)
  21. Figures
    (pp. None)
  22. Plates
    (pp. None)