Hagios Charalambos: A Minoan Burial Cave in Crete: II.The Pottery [Hardback]

Louise C. Langford-Verstegen (Author); Philip P. Betancourt (Editor); Costis Davaras (Editor); Eleni Stravopodi (Editor)

ISBN: 9781931534833 | Published by: INSTAP Academic Press (Institute for Aegean Prehistory) | Series: Prehistory Monographs | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 222p,

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Hagios Charalambos: A Minoan Burial Cave in Crete


The finds from the cave at Hagios Charalambos in the Lasithi Plain illustrates secondary burial practices in Early and Middle Bronze Age Crete. The cavern adds to our knowledge of Early and Middle Minoan Lasithi and illuminates the function of the cave at Trapeza, which has close parallels for most classes of objects found at Hagios Charalambos. Most of the pottery from the site is made locally, but a selection of imports from elsewhere in Crete ranges in date from EM I or earlier to MM IIB. The pottery shows a shift in the use of imports during the site’s history, reflecting a change in economic and/or political dominance and influence in Lasithi. Typical of pottery associated with burials, the types of vessels were mostly used for pouring and drinking liquids. Other small vessels probably contained precious oils, liquids, and unguents. The local offering tables would have been carried by a short stem and could hold a liquid or solid offering. The pottery shows that the people who deposited their dead in the secondary burial cave at Hagios Charalambos were in contact with ceramic production centers in East Crete, the Mesara, Knossos, the Pediada, and Malia. This range of influences speaks not only of trade relations and political spheres of influence but also of tastes in pottery production and consumption.

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"The presentation here should ... stimulate considerable discussion of what might constitute the burying community, as a cultural landscape and social group, its connections to the place and its transformation and restructuring in the late Prepalatial period and again in Middle Minoan IIB."
Donald C. Haggis
Journal of Hellenic Studies (30/05/2018)

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