Excavations at Pyla-Kokkinokremos

Report on the 2014-2019 Campaigns

The site of Pyla-Kokkinokremos, located in Larnaka Bay in south-eastern Cyprus, was explored at different earlier occasions but continues to be of archaeological interest, in part because it is one of the few settlements that was occupied for a relatively short period during what are called the 'Crisis Years' of the Eastern Mediterranean (ca. 1200 BCE). The ethnic mix of its material culture is also astonishing with imports from Mycenaean Greece, Minoan Crete, Nuragic Sardinia, Hittite Anatolia, the Levant and Egypt, a variety unparalleled at other contemporary Cypriot settlements. Since 2014, an international team consisting of members of the University of Ghent and Louvain in Belgium and of the Mediterranean Archaeological Society in Heraklion, Crete, has continued its exploration, concentrating on different areas of the 7 ha-large hill. The aim of the new excavations is to obtain a better understanding of the social structure and internal organization of the site, and of its importance for the continuing discussions on migration, interaction, and acculturation, which typifies the late 13th and early 12th c. BCE in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The volume is a detailed but preliminary account of the first six excavation campaigns (2014-2019) with a presentation of the archaeological material found in the different sectors of the hill. It also includes the first analyses of the different ceramic categories encountered and a report on the topographical work executed.

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Presses universitaires de Louvain
Joachim Bretschneider, Athanasia Kanta, Jan Driessen,
BISAC Subject Heading
SOC003000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
BIC subject category (UK)
HD Archaeology > HDD Archaeology by period / region > HDDK Classical Greek & Roman archaeology
Onix Audience Codes
06 Professional and scholarly
CLIL (2013)
3385 Antiquité
Voor het eerst gepubliceerd
15 augustus 2023
Subject Scheme Identifier Code
: Archéologie
: Archéologie et histoire de l'art


Publicatie datum
15 augustus 2023
Aantal pagina's hoofdinhoud : 340
21 x 29,7 cm
868 grams
Packaging Type
No outer packaging
Aanbevolen verkoopprijs
61,00 €
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Publicatie datum
15 augustus 2023
Aantal pagina's hoofdinhoud : 340
Version 2.1, Version 3

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1. Excavations at Pyla-Kokkinokremos (2014-2019) 1
Joachim Bretschneider
Athanasia Kanta
Jan Driessen
2. Mapping the Hill 9
Nicolas Kress
3. The Excavations on the Central Plateau 15
Sector 3
Simon Jusseret
Thérèse Claeys
Nicolas Kress
Sylviane Déderix
Florence Gaignerot-Driessen
Jan Driessen
4. The Excavations in the Western and South-Western Areas of the Plateau 71
Sector 4
Athanasia Kanta
with the contribution of
Manos Papadakis
Maria Kokosali
+Jacqueline Karageorghis
5. The Excavations in the Southeast Area of the Plateau 125
Sector 5
Joachim Bretschneider
Greta Jans
Anne-Sophie Van Vyve
With the contribution of
Femke Germonpré
Bert Melkebeek
Elliot Van Maldegem
Glenn De Hooghe
Killian Regnier
6.1. Observations on the Pottery of the 2015 Campaign 227
Ilaria Caloi
6.2. The Pithoi of the 2014-2016 Campaigns 237
Francesca Porta
6.3. Observations on the Pottery of the 2014-2019 Campaigns 249
Ioanna Kostopoulou
Reinhard Jung
7. Some General Observations on the 2014-2019 Excavations 293
Joachim Bretschneider
Athanasia Kanta
Jan Driessen
8. Bibliographical references 297