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Middle and Late Helladic Laconia (Hardback)

Competing Principalities?

Ancient History > Ancient Greece & the Hellenistic World > Greek Archaeology

Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Publications of the Netherlands Institute at Athens
Pages: 276
Illustrations: 107fc/54bw
ISBN: 9789464260632
Published: 28th May 2022
Casemate UK Academic

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This volume presents many new results on Middle and Late Bronze Age Laconia, stemming from recent excavations by the Greek Archaeological Service as well as ongoing excavations, surveys and material studies by foreign schools and individual scholars. Among discussed settlements are the sites of Pellana, Palaiopyrgi, Geraki, Pavlopetri and Vrysika and also the island Kythera. The newly discovered palatial site at Ayios Vasileios is also elaborately discussed in various papers, including discussions of its North Cemetery, early Mycenaean pottery deposits, the West Stoa, and an outline of the habitation history and size of Ayios Vasileios compared to other palatial settlements.


The volume includes an Afterword by Oliver Dickinson. More than 25 years have passed since the publication of his influential paper in which he wrote of central Late Helladic Laconia, that he had an impression of "competing and unstable principalities in the early period and perhaps centrifugal tendencies". This volume explores how much has happened in Laconia since then with respect to what we know about the Bronze Age. Written by academics and those working in the fields of Bronze Age Greece, Laconia, ceramic analyses, architecture, survey, and photogrammetry this volume will be invaluable to students and practitioners with similar interests.

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