Excavations at Sissi V

Preliminary Report on the 2017-2019 Campaigns VOLUME 2

Edited by Jan Driessen

This volume
This volume, in two parts, is the fifth and last preliminary report on the excavations conducted at the Bronze Age site of Kephali tou Agiou Antoniou at Sissi in the nomos of Lasithi, Crete. It covers the campaigns during the summers of 2017, 2018 and 2019 with quite detailed reports on the different areas excavated, including the cemetery, the residential structures and the Court-Centred Building. We also report on the tests conducted and the three survey campaigns in the east part of the Sissi basin, with additional attention to the ammouda quarry and WW II remains. The volume also includes a series of scientific analyses that have been made on some of the material (ceramics, seals, gold, plaster, coins) and a brief presentation of the consolidation efforts that have been done on the remains discovered thus far. Since the study of the architecture, stratigraphy and finds is still on-going, all results should be considered as provisional. The final excavation reports that are in progress may modify some of the opinions expressed in this volume or the previous ones.

The authors
The excavations are carried out under the direction of Prof. Jan Driessen of the UCLouvain (INCAL-CEMAAEGIS)
with which several of the collaborating authors are affiliated or associated (Dr. C. Langohr, Dr. Q. Letesson, Dr. M. Devolder, Dr. S. Déderix, Dr. F. Gaignerot-Driessen, Dr. O. Mouthuy, Dr. I. Mathioudaki, T. Claeys, N. Kress, L.M. Magno, D. Wolf, E. Tsafou, R. Dubois, T. Terrana). Dr. A. Schmitt is at the CNRS (U. of Marseille), with which also A. Delliste, C. Girardi and E. Sperandio are associated. Dr. M. Anastasiadou is at the University of Vienna and Dr. I. Caloi at the University of Ca'Foscari in Venice. Dr. Sarris was at Forth in Rethymnon (with M. Manataki) but is now at the University of Cyprus; Dr. B. Legarra Herrero, E. Hayter & colleagues are at University College London, Dr. P. Iossif is deputy-director of the EBSA, while T. Sager is at the University of Toronto.

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Presses universitaires de Louvain
Edited by
Jan Driessen,
BISAC Subject Heading
SOC003000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
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HDDK Classical Greek & Roman archaeology
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Title First Published
19 January 2022
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Publication Date
19 January 2022
Main content page count : 296
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Publication Date
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Main content page count : 296
Version 2.1, Version 3

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8.1. Archaeological Survey of the East Sissi Basin – A Preliminary Report 447
Introduction and Objectives of the Survey
Théo Terrana
Ophélie Mouthuy
Nicolas Kress
Jan Driessen
8.2. The Survey of the East Coast 451
Zones 32 & 33
Ophélie Mouthuy
8.3. Preliminary Report on the 2018-2019 Survey 457
Zones 21-31
Théo Terrana
Jacob Heywood
8.4. The Μαύρα Βλιχάδια Quarry 487
Maud Devolder
8.5. The Sissi Area in World War II 492
Jan Driessen
9.1. Neopalatial and Final Palatial Ceramic Assemblages at Sissi 499
New Evidence and Current Issues
Charlotte Langohr
9.2. Reconstructing the Neopalatial Pottery Sequence at Sissi 524
From the MM IIIA to the LM IB Period based on four Neopalatial Deposits from the Site
Iro Mathioudaki
9.3. Consuming Pottery at Early Prepalatial Sissi 564
Preliminary Observations on the EM IIA and B Ceramic deposits from the Settlement
Ilaria Caloi
9.4. Preliminary Report on the Protopalatial Pottery of the Sissi Settlement 575
Roxane Dubois
9.5. Function and Use of Ceramic Vessels 588
Application of Organic Residue Analysis at Sissi (ORA.SI.)
Evgenia Tsafou
10. Micro-Scale Geoarchaeology at Sissi 594
Methodological Framework and Preliminary Results
Laura Matilde Magno
11. The Seals, Sealings and Other Clay Objects from the 2017-2019 Campaigns at Sissi 599
Maria Anastasiadou
12. Observations on Sissi Plasters 619
Zone 5
Marie N. Pareja