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Praisos V: A preliminary report on the 2007 season of excavation

Whitley, Anthony James Monins 2011. Praisos V: A preliminary report on the 2007 season of excavation. Annual of the British School at Athens 106 , pp. 3-45.

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This is a report on the excavations undertaken in 2007 at the site of Praisos in Eastern Crete. Three trenches were opened just next to the so-called Andreion or Almond Tree House on the NW slopes of the First Acropolis, excavated by R.C. Bosanquet in 1901. The upper layers of two of these trenches (A-200 and A-300) comprised re-deposited material of Classical and Hellenistic date, which we infer came from Bosanquet’s dump. Material from these upper layers comprised tile, pottery (including numerous examples of Cretan necked cups), loomweights and terracotta plaques with a distinct masculine iconography. Excavation also reached lower Late/Classical-Hellenistic floor levels, on which a number of pithoi survived in situ. Some of these pithoi are considerably older than the floor level, a terminus post quem for which is provided by a bronze coin. The abandonment of these houses must be dated to the final phases of Praisos’s occupation, before 146 BC. There is however nothing to suggest that the city itself was subject to a fire destruction. Rather, the city seems to have undergone a forced abandonment followed by deliberate demolition.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0068-2454
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:53

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