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Mochlos IIA: Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery. The Sites

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By Jeffrey S. Soles

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The results of excavations carried out at two Late Minoan III sites at Mochlos in eastern Crete are presented. The stratigraphy and architecture of a total of 31 tombs and 11 houses are discussed together with a complete list of artifacts, ecofacts, and skeletal remains from each context. 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 excavate both.

Contents: 1. The Late Minoan III Settlement: Houses A, B, Γ, Δ, Ε, Ζ, H, Θ, Ι, Κ, Λ, Μ and N; 2. The Late Minoan III Cemetery at Limenaria: Tombs 1–31; 3. Conclusions: Life and Death in a Small Late Minoan III Community; Appendix A. An Experimental Study: Reconstructing the Ritual Killing of the Ceramic Vessels from Tomb 15.

Excerpt from a review by Yannis Galanakis, University of Oxford (2009):
“The decision by J. S. Soles and C. Davaras, the editors of the Mochlos series, to correlate the settlement and cemetery is to be praised, given the small number of publications that deal with contemporary Bronze Age settlements and cemeteries … The high quality of publication is also reflected in the clear line drawings, the careful reconstructions, the detailed tables, the excavation photographs and in particular the tomb drawings annotated with findspots. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the INSTAP team, the 24th Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and the Greek Archaeological Service should all be congratulated on a fruitful collaboration and the prompt and exemplary publication of their research. One can only look forward to the publication of the two remaining Mochlos II volumes.”

Hardback: 456 pp., 7 tbls, 142 b/w figs, 57 b/w pls.
(Prehistory Monographs 23, INSTAP Academic Press, 2008)

ISBN-10: 1-931534-23-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-931534-23-9