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Palaikastro Building 1 (Hardback)

Ancient History > Prehistory > Mediterranean Prehistory

Imprint: British School at Athens
Series: BSA Supplementary Volume
Pages: 614
Illustrations: 325
ISBN: 9780904887709
Published: 30th April 2019
Casemate UK Academic

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Erected in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Crete’s coastal cities during the Thera eruption, Building 1, with its two-storeyed ashlar façades, must have been one of the finest at Palaikastro. Two conflagrations during the LM IB period largely obscured its original function and brought down much of the ashlar masonry. This was re-used in the substantial LM II and LM IIIA re-occupation phases, which ended with the widespread, perhaps natural, destruction that affected the entire town. The building’s last incarnation in LM IIIB contains the strongest evidence for ritual at its core with industrial and domestic activities in adjacent rooms in an otherwise largely abandoned coastal town

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