House X is by far the largest and best appointed of the Minoan houses excavated at Kommos in south-central Crete, a Minoan harbor and settlement that later became the site of a Greek sanctuary. Situated on the seacoast of the western Mesara Plain, Kommos faces west toward the Libyan Sea. House X stands on the southern edge of the Minoan town, separated by a large slab-paved road from the monumental civic buildings built and used between the Protopalatial and Postpalatial periods. The description of the stratigraphic excavation of this elite house is published with numerous architectural plans along with the cataloged small finds and tables of data on the floral and faunal materials. The excavated fresco fragments are also discussed and illustrated. This volume presents the Late Bronze Age pottery from in and around House X, a large Minoan house at Kommos situated not far from the sea in South-Central Crete. This volume is richly illustrated with drawings, photos, and tables of data. Rutter’s contribution complements the publication of the architecture, stratigraphy, and small finds in Part 1 (Shaw and Shaw, eds., 2012). Together, this pair of volumes offers a conclusion to a series of monographs (volumes I–V) previously published about the site (Shaw and Shaw, eds., 1995–2006). The Kommos series is now completed by the two-volume publication on House X.
Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Catalog of Pottery; 3. Ceramic Perspectives by Period; 4. Conclusions; Appendix. Supplementary Data to the Catalog; Concordance of Catalog Numbers with Excavation Inventory Numbers; References; Index; Figures; Plates.
Hardback: 574 pp., 123 B/W figs., 22 B/W pls.
(Prehistory Monographs 57, INSTAP Academic Press, 2017)