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An Archaeological Survey of the Gournia Landscape: A Regional History of the Mirabello Bay, Crete, in Antiquity


By L. Vance Watrous, Donald Haggis, Krzysztof Nowicki, Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, and Maryanne Schultz
Contributions by John Hayes, Angeliki Kossyva, and Eberhard Zangger

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A regional survey was undertaken in the central part of the Mirabello Bay area: along the northeastern coast of Crete in the Gournia Valley and the northern half of the Isthmus of Ierapetra, ending in the valley of Episkopi, to provide a regional context for the Bronze Age palace and settlement of Gournia. As this survey was the last and geographically most central compared to three other surveys (Vrokastro, Pseira, and Kavousi), conducted in the Mirabello region, it ties together the data from all four surveys regarding the environment, population(s), and social organization of an entire region. Furthermore, this volume goes beyond the survey data to consider, at some length, the evidence from local excavations, so as to provide an in-depth and integrated picture of the regional socio-economic development. It is meant as a regional archaeological study of the Mirabello Bay area.

Contents: 1. The Field Project, L. Vance Watrous; 2. The Region, L. Vance Watrous and Eberhard Zangger; 3. Final Neolithic Period: Egalitarian and Heterogeneous Communities, L. Vance Watrous and Maryanne Schultz; 4. Early Minoan I–II Periods: Emergence of a Stratified Society, L. Vance Watrous and Maryanne Schultz; 5. Early Minoan III–Middle Minoan IA Periods: Disruption and Social Reorganization, L. Vance Watrous and Maryanne Schultz; 6. Middle Minoan IB–II Periods: Growth of Regional Factions and Conflict, L. Vance Watrous and Maryanne Schultz; 7. Middle Minoan III–Late Minoan I Periods: The Rise of a Regional State, L. Vance Watrous and Maryanne Schultz; 8. Late Minoan IIIA–IIIB Periods: Depopulation and Mycenaean Occupation; L. Vance Watrous; 9. Late Minoan IIIC–Geometric Periods: Retreat into Refuge Settlements, Krzysztof Nowicki; 10. Orientalizing–Classical Periods: Population Nucleation and Development of the Polis, L. Vance Watrous; 11. Hellenistic–Roman Periods: Expansion of the Isthmus in an International Era, Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan; 12. Conclusions, L. Vance Watrous; App. A. Catalog of Sites, L. Vance Watrous; App. B. Neolithic and Bronze Age Pottery, Donald Haggis; App. C. Late Minoan IIIC–Orientalizing Pottery, Donald Haggis; App. D. Archaic–Hellenistic Pottery, L. Vance Watrous; App. E. Roman Pottery, John Hayes and Angeliki Kossyva; References; Index; Tables; Maps; Figures; Plates.

Hardback: 408 pp., 15 tables, 49 B/W maps, 64 B/W figs., 59 B/W pls.
(Prehistory Monographs 37, INSTAP Academic Press, 2012)

ISBN 978-1-931534-67-3

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