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The Pseira Cemetery II: Excavation of the Tombs (Pseira VII) (Prehistory Monographs, Volume 6)

The Pseira Cemetery II: Excavation of the Tombs (Pseira VII) (Prehistory Monographs, Volume 6)

Language: English

Pages: 265

ISBN: 2:00290753

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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 cemetery excavations on the small island off the northeast coast of Crete are published in two volumes. Pseira VII presents the results from the excavation and cleaning of the 19 tombs that still exist at the Pseira cemetery. The cemetery is remarkable for the diversity of its tomb types. Burials were in cist graves built of vertical slabs (a class with Cycladic parallels), in small tombs constructed of fieldstones, in house tombs, and in jars. Burials were communal, as is usual in Minoan cemeteries. Artifacts included clay vases, stone vessels, obsidian, bronze tools, jewelry, and other objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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