Many new results on Middle and Late Bronze Age Laconia are presented in this volume, stemming from recent excavations by the Greek Archaeological Service as well as ongoing excavations, surveys and material studies by foreign schools and individual scholars. Among discussed settlements are the sites of Pellana, Palaiopyrgi, Geraki, Pavlopetri and Vrysika and also the island Kythera. The newly discovered palatial site at Ayios Vasileios is also elaborately discussed in various papers, including discussions of its North Cemetery, early Mycenaean pottery deposits, the West Stoa, and an outline of the habitation history and size of Ayios Vasileios compared to other palatial settlements.
More than 25 years have passed since the publication of a paper by Oliver Dickinson in which he wrote about central Late Helladic Laconia that he had an impression of “competing and unstable principalities in the early period and perhaps centrifugal tendencies”. In this volume we explore to what extent this impression is still justified. Especially considering the recent discovery of a palatial site at Ayios Vasileios. Indeed, this volume shows that in the past decades much has happened in Laconia with respect to what we know about the Bronze Age. We are therefore extra pleased that Oliver Dickinson has agreed to write an afterword to this volume.
Written by academics and those working in the fields of Bronze Age Greece, Laconia, ceramic analyses, architecture, survey, and photogrammetry this volume will be invaluable to students and practitioners with similar interests.
Introduction: Middle and Late Helladic Laconia. Competing principalities? Corien W. Wiersma & Maria P. Tsouli
The Eurotas Valley, Laconia, in the 2nd Millennium B.C.: The Area of Vapheio –Palaiopyrgi in Context Emilia Banou, Anne P. Chapin & Louise A. Hitchcock
Southern Laconia in the Middle and Earlier Late Bronze Age: pottery from Pavlopetri and other sites William Cavanagh, Chrysanthi Gallou, Ilias Spondylis & Jon Henderson
The curious case of an island: A preliminary account on the Northern Kythera Bronze Age Landscapes Konstantinos P. Trimmis
The Ayios Vasilios Survey Project. A preliminary outline of the habitation history and size of Ayios Vasileios compared to other palatial settlements Corien W. Wiersma, Wieke de Neef, Sofia Voutsaki & Adamantia Vasilogamvrou
Preliminary remarks on the stratigraphy of the West Stoa from the new Mycenaean palace at Ayios Vasileios, Laconia Nektarios Karadimas, Adamantia Vasilogamvrou & Elina Kardamaki
A new Mycenaean settlement by the site Vrysika of Xirokambi Maria P. Tsouli, Adrianna Kotsi & Dimitris Vlachakos
Geraki in the Middle Helladic and Shaft Grave Periods Stuart MacVeagh Thorne & Mieke Prent
Geraki – from Middle to Late Helladic: ceramic evidence Joost Crouwel
Ceramic Evidence on the Transition to the Mycenaean Era in Southern Laconia: Prehistoric Pottery from Passavas near Gytheio Emilia Banou, Maria P. Tsouli & George Tsiaggouris
Throwing some light on the early history of the Mycenaean palace at Ayios Vasileios, Laconia: three early Mycenaean pottery deposits from Building Alpha Dora Kondyli & Iro Mathioudaki
The relationship between Central and South Laconia during the Early Mycenaean period: The pottery evidence Vasco Hachtmann & Sofia Voutsaki
The funerary landscape of Middle Helladic Laconia. The evidence from recent rescue excavations Maria P. Tsouli, George Tsiaggouris & Aphrodite Maltezou
A new cemetery of the Late Bronze Age at Pellana, in the northern part of the Eurotas valley Leonidas V. Souchleris
The North Cemetery at Ayios Vasilios: austerity and differentiation in the Early Mycenaean period Sofia Voutsaki, Ioanna Moutafi, Vasco Hachtmann & Michael Dee
Construction, destruction, reconstruction: the architecture of the built tomb of the North Cemetery at Ayios Vasileios, Laconia Yannick de Raaff, Sofia Voutsaki, Theo Verlaan & Gary Nobles
Permanence and becoming. A study into the role of labour investment in processes of social change and the creation of meaning in the North Cemetery at Ayios Vasileios Youp van den Beld
Afterword Oliver Dickinson
C. W. Wiersma is Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She specialises in Bronze Age ceramics and house architecture in the Mediterranean.
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