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Kavousi I: The Archaeological Survey of the Kavousi Region


By Donald C. Haggis

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Kavousi I is the initial volume of the Kavousi Excavation Series, which presents the final report of the Kavousi Project, a program of archaeological investigation near the modern village of Kavousi in eastern Crete. Subsequent volumes will publish the results of the 1987–1992 excavations at the Vronda and Kastro sites in the Siteia Mountains overlooking Kavousi and of the cleaning and new study of the excavations of Harriet Boyd in 1900 and 1901.

This volume, Kavousi I: The Archaeological Survey of the Kavousi Region, provides a comprehensive look at the topography of the area, its natural resources, and the way in which the local people interacted with them over time, as shown in the changing pattern of settlement. It sets the stage for the report on the excavations and provides an introduction to the local soils and to the pottery classification used by the excavators.

Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. The Physical Landscape; 3. The Archaeological Survey; 4. The Pottery; 5. The History of Settlement; 6. Gazetteer of Archaeological Sites; 7. Conclusions; Appendix 1. A Pedological Investigation and Soil Survey of the Kavousi Region (Michael W. Morris, John T. Ammons, Michael E. Timpson, and John E. Foss); Appendix 2. The Kavousi Fabrics: A Typology for Coarse Wares in the Mirabello Area of East Crete (Margaret S. Mook); Appendix 3. Petrographic Analysis of Some Final Neolithic–Early Minoan II Pottery from Kavousi I Area (Peter M. Day, Louise Joyner, Evangelia Kiriatzi, and Maria Relaki); Appendix 4. Concordance of Artifacts.

Review by Robin Osborne in JHS 127 (2007), pp. 213–215: “Haggis’ Kavousi survey does provide a very much richer picture of the settlement history of this part of the Bay of Mirabello than was previoulsy known and, together with the Kavousi Vronda, Kastro and Azoria excavations, provides us with an extremely rich and remarkably nuanced picture of, amongst other things, the society and economy of Dark Age and Archaic Crete. . . . This is in all respects an exemplary publication, laying out in a very lucid way both the material and the case for the interpretation offered. It is immaculately presented with excellent maps and profile drawings of the pottery . . . ”

Hardback: 408 pp., 18 tbs, 1 chart, 71 b/w figs, 41 b/w pls.
(Prehistory Monographs 16, INSTAP Academic Press, 2005)

ISBN 10: 1-931534-18-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-931534-01-7

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