THE POTTERY FROM THE LATE CYPRIOT IIC SETTLEMENT AT KALAVASOS-AYIOS DHIMITRIOS, CYPRUS: THE 1979--1984 EXCAVATION SEASONS

PAMELA JAYE RUSSELL, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

Archaeological excavations at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus have revealed a flourishing Late Bronze Age urban settlement situated not far from the southern coast of the island and near a major deposit of copper ore. The site's location suggests that this thirteenth century B.C. town partially depended on the mining and export of copper for its economic prosperity. Excavations at Ayios Dhimitrios began in 1979 under the direction of Ian Todd of Brandeis University and Alison South as part of the larger Vasilikos Valley Project.^ This study examines the ceramic material from the site in order to provide information about the history and nature of the occupation of the town. The dissertation is composed of two main parts: (1) a typological analysis of the pottery and (2) an analysis of the distribution of ceramic types across the site. The former serves to answer questions concerning chronology and the site's relations with other regions of Cyprus, while the latter serves to answer questions concerning the nature of the activities carried out in various rooms and buildings.^ Chapter One provides a description of the site, its architecture, and major non-ceramic finds. Chapter Two is the typological study of the ceramics, excluding Pithos and Plain White Wares. The ware categories discussed are White Slip, Base Ring, Monochrome, Coarse, Aegean imports, and local White Painted Wheelmade III. Uncommon wares and figurines are also described. Chapter Three is the catalogue of sherds and vessels.^ In Chapter Four the distribution of the wares across the site is presented in tabular form by building unit and room, and interpretation of the patterns is attempted. Chapter Five deals with the chronology of the site and comparisons with the ceramic assemblages of contemporary Cypriot settlements. The main period of occupation at Ayios Dhimitrios is placed in the Late Cypriot IIC phase, i.e. roughly the thirteenth century B.C.^ The study includes an appendix on vessels recovered from five tombs excavated within the settlement, which range in date from Late Cypriot IB to Late Cypriot IIC. The dissertation is illustrated with architectural plans and photographs of the catalogued ceramics. ^

Subject Area

Anthropology, Archaeology

Recommended Citation

RUSSELL, PAMELA JAYE, "THE POTTERY FROM THE LATE CYPRIOT IIC SETTLEMENT AT KALAVASOS-AYIOS DHIMITRIOS, CYPRUS: THE 1979--1984 EXCAVATION SEASONS" (1986). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI8614865.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI8614865

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