Cretan Bronze Age Pithoi: Traditions and Trends in the Production and Consumption of Storage Containers in Bronze Age Crete
The pithos is one of the most distinctive utilitarian forms of the Cretan Bronze Age ceramic repertoire. Because of its use as a storage container, a pithos is the foremost parameter for the evaluation of the economic organisation of palatial and domestic sectors of Cretan Bronze Age society. The pithoi as pottery and their significance for the understanding of the Cretan Bronze Age economy has been the focus of a research project carried out from 1989 to 1999. This book is not a pithos handbook in the narrow sense-although the study offers a typological division of the data with comments on chronology and spatial distribution-it integrates stylistic considerations with broad fabric and technological observations in order to understand the production and consumption of pithoi.
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Decorative Patterns and Style
The Use of Pithoi
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Akrotiri Applique decoration Archanes arranged Athens base Bronze Age pithoi Burial purposes capacity ratio Chania Chronology Coarse fabric conical pithoi Content removal Cretan Bronze Age dated decorative features decorative patterns distribution east Crete east-central and east Excavations Form frequent Gournia Hagia Triada Herakleion High accessibility high collar High graspability horizontal handles impressions incised Kastelli Knossian LM I period LM III LM IIIA Long and short Low mouth Malia Marinatos maximum diameter medallions Medium vessel Minoan Mochlos Monastiraki morphological and decorative motifs Mouth easily covered Myrtos narrow mouth north-central occasionally olive oil ovoid pithoi Painted decoration palace of Knossos Palaikastro palatial Pediada Phaistos Piriform body piriform pithoi pithoi decorated pottery potting groups potting tradition production Protopalatial Pseira Pyrgos Raised band patterns removal by lifting rope patterns rows of vertical Sakellarakis Seager short term storage similar south-central Crete specimens Tylissos vertical handles west Crete wine Zakros