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The Plain of Phaistos
Cycles of Social Complexity in the Mesara Region of Crete

By Harriet Blitzer, Despoina Hadzi-Vallianou and L. Vance Watrous

The Plain of Phaistos
Hardback, 776 pages £11.50
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9781931745147
Format: 278mm x 215mm
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Subjects: Archaeology
Series: Monumenta Archaeologica

The Plain of Phaistos presents the results on an interdisciplinary regional field project (1984-1987) carried out on the island Of Crete. This volume traces the changing patterns of settlement and cycles of social complexity from the Late Neolithic period to the present day within the heartland of the state of Phaistos. The authors and contributors publish geological, archaeological, environmental, botanical, historical and ethnographic studies that establish the regional identity of the Western Mesara. Using a combination of empirical, processual and post-processual theoretical approaches, the volume investigates a central problem - how and why did the Bronze Age and Classical states arise at Phaistos?

Archaeologist L. Vance Watrous is professor of visual studies at the University at Buffalo. Despoina Hadzi-Vallianou is a researcher at the Archaeological Institute of Crete. Harriet Blitzer is professor of art history and archaeology at Buffalo State University.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 776 pages
 278mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press


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