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Title: Cooking vessels from Minoan Kommos: a preliminary report
Authors: Betancourt, Philip P.
Keywords: Cooking Vessels
Excavations (Archaeology) - Greece - Kommos (Crete)
Issue Date: 1980
Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles
Citation: Betancourt, P. "Cooking Vessels from Minoan Kommos: A Preliminary Report". Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, 1980.
Series/Report no.: ;Occasional Paper 7
Abstract: Kommos is a prehistoric to early Roman site on the southern coast of Crete near Phaistos and Aghia Triada. During its Bronze Age phase, covering much of the Middle Minoan and Late Minoan periods, a sizeable community was present. Several houses have been completely or partially excavated, suggesting habitation from MM I (shortly after 2000 B.C.) until LM IIIB (ca. 1200 B.C.). This report presents a selection of the site?s cooking vessels, a type of pottery manufactured from a coarse red ceramic fabric. This is a preliminary report in the sense that the excavations at Kommos are still continuing. Meticulous descriptions of the stratigraphic contexts must await the site?s final publication, still many years in the future. Brief descriptions of many deposits, however, have appeared in the annual excavation summaries in Hesperia, and references to these are included in the catalogue. The material is presented at this time for two reasons. In the first place, the stratigraphic situation at Kommos allows a better understanding of the date of this class of pottery than has previously been possible. Since cooking vessels are common on Minoan sites, the dating evidence should be useful to others working on the island, and it seems appropriate to publish it as quickly as possible. Secondly, the large body of material, taken from a long and continuous period of time, allows us to make some new observations and correct some popular misconceptions about Minoan cooking in general. Kommos has an apparently uninterrupted pottery sequence from MM I until LM IIIB, and its ceramic development is worth investigating in the coarse wares as well as in the finer pottery. I would like to thank Joseph W. Shaw, director of the excavations at Kommos, who suggested this study. I have discussed this material with several colleagues, especially L.V. Watrous, H. Blitzer Watrous, J. Wright, L. Nixon, M.C. Shaw, K.D. Vitelli, and G. Gesell. Photographs are by R.K. Vincent. Profile drawings are by Danae Cotsis. The excavations at Kommos are conducted under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and are being sponsored by the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum with the cooperation of the Greek Antiquities Service. Financial support is being given by the Canada Council, the SCM Corporation of New York, and Leon Pomerance. Portions of the writer?s research were funded by a Grant-in-aid from Temple University.
Description: 17 p. : ill. - This article has been scanned and reformatted by the T-Space Digitization Project Assistant. If a researcher is interested in referencing this work, it is recommended that the citation listed above be consulted, as the page numbers of the PDF file do not match those of the original publication.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/3017
ISBN: 0-917956-16-8
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