Pseira : The Pseira Cemetery 1, the Surface Survey

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Pub. Date: 2003-05-01
Publisher(s): David Brown Book Co
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Summary

Richard B. Seager excavated the Minoan cemetery at Pseira in 1907, but the work was never published. The Temple University excavations (1985-1994) under the direction of Philip P. Betancourt and Costis Davaras conducted an intensive surface survey of the cemetery area, cleaned and drew plans of all visible tombs, and excavated tombs that had not been previously excavated. The results of the cernetery excavations on the small island off the northeast coast of Crete are published in two volumes. Pseira VI publishes the methodology that was employed for the investigation, the topography of the cemetery area, the little that can be reconstructed of Seager's campaign, the ceramic petrography for the cemetery pottery, and the results of the intensive surface survey. The survey shows that the cemetery was first used in the Neolithic period, and it was abandoned in Middle Minoan II. It also demonstrates that the cemetery was larger than the area suggested by the 33 tombs found by Seager, and it shows that the customs included burial in jars, even though no examples have been excavated.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations in the Text
vii
List of Figures
ix
List of Plates
xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xv
PART I. INTRODUCTION
1(22)
Introduction to the Cemetery Investigations
3(6)
Philip P. Betancourt
Costis Davaras
Julie Ann Clark
William R. Farrand
Carola H. Stearns
The Excavations of Richard Seager
9(4)
Philip P. Betancourt
Methodology for the Intensive Surface Survey in the Cemetery
13(4)
Richard Hope Simpson
Philip P. Betancourt
The Topography of the Pseira Cemetery
17(2)
Lada Onyshkevych
Katherine E. May
William B. Hafford
Harrison Eiteljorg II
The Cemetery in its Context
19(4)
Philip P. Betancourt
PART II. THE DATA
23(78)
Data from the Intensive Surface Survey
25(76)
Philip P. Betancourt
Heidi M.C. Dierckx
Natalia Poulou-Papadimitriou
David S. Reese
Werner H. Schoch
Fotini Zervaki
PART III. INFORMATION FROM THE SURVEY OF PSEIRA ISLAND
101(18)
Data from the Intensive Surface Survey of Pseira Island
103(10)
Philip P. Betancourt
Richard Hope Simpson
The Threshing Floor at Site Q 22
113(2)
Philip P. Betancourt
Vasso Zographaki
The Border of the Cemetery
115(4)
Philip P. Betancourt
Richard Hope Simpson
PART IV. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS
119(20)
Comments and Conclusions
121(18)
Philip P. Betancourt
APPENDICES
139(28)
A. Concordance of Excavation Numbers
139(4)
B. Locations of Tombs by Grid-Square or Context
143(4)
C. Petrographic Analysis of Ceramics from the Pseira Cemetery
147(20)
Sarah J. Vaughan
Bibliographical References 167(6)
Index 173

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