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Excavation of Neopalatial deposits at Tholos (Kastri), Kythera

Bevan, AH; Kiriatzi, E; Knappett, C; Kappa, E; Papachristou, S; (2002) Excavation of Neopalatial deposits at Tholos (Kastri), Kythera. Annual of the British School at Athens , 97 55 - 96. Green open access

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Abstract

Several rock-cut features, exposed on the surface of a trackway in the Tholos area of Kastri, Kythera, were excavated in July-August 2000 as a synergasia between Kythera Island Project and 2nd Ephoria of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. Although the surviving deposits were extremely shallow, they produced large quantities of conical cups and other pottery of Late Minoan I date. Further comparative analysis of the features themselves and their finds suggests that these are the remains of tomb chambers similar to those excavated in the area in the 1960s. These tombs and their assemblages show extremely strong cultural connections with Crete, but also idiosyncrasies that probably reflect the particular mortuary customs of the island. / Abstract in Greek: Τον Ιούιο-Αύγουστο 2000 εράϕορα διάϕορα λαξύματα στον βράχο, ορατά στην επιϕάνεια μονοπτιού στην περιοχἠ Θόλου Καστρίου στα κύθηρα, στο πλαίσιο συνεργασίας μεταξύ του Κρογράμματος για τη νήσο των Κυθήρων και της Βʹ Εϕορείας Προϊστρικών και Κλασικών Αρχαιοτήτων. Αν και οι διασωθείσες επιχώσεις ήταν εξαιρετικἀ, ρηχές, απέδωσαν μεγάλες ποσότες κωνικών κυπέλλων και άλλης κεραμεικής, χρονολογουμένων στην Υστερομινωική Ι. Περαιτέρω ανάλυση των λαξευμάτων καθʹ εαυτών και των ευρημάτων, δείχνει ότι, πρόκειται για υπολείμματα θαλαμωτών τάϕων, παρόμοιων με εκείνους που ανασκάϕηκαν στην περιοχή την δεκαετα του 1960. Οι τάϕοι αυτοι και το περιεχόμενό τους παρουσιάζουν εξαιρετικά άντονες πολιτισικές διασυνδέσεις με την Κρήτη, αλλά επι σης και ιδιομορϕίες οι οποίες πιθανώς αντανακλούνιδιαίτερα ταϕικά άθιμα του νησιού.

Type: Article
Title: Excavation of Neopalatial deposits at Tholos (Kastri), Kythera
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.jstor.org/pss/30073184
Language: English
Additional information: © The Council, British School at Athens 2002
Keywords: Excavation, Kastri, Kythera, neopalatial
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/149526
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