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Pyla-Koutsopetria I
Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town

By William Caraher, R. Scott Moore and David K. Pettegrew

Pyla-Koutsopetria I
Hardback, 348 pages £15.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780897570695
Format: 285mm x 220mm
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Subjects: American Schools of Oriental Research, Ancient Near East, Archaeology
Series: ASOR Archaeological Reports

Pyla-Koutsopetria I presents the results of an intensive pedestrian survey documenting the diachronic history of a 100 ha microregion along the southern coast of Cyprus. Located around 10 km from the ancient city of Kition, the ancient coastal settlements of the Koutsopetria mircoregion featured an Iron Age sanctuary, a Classical settlement, a Hellenistic fortification, a Late Roman town, and a Venetian-Ottoman coastal battery situated adjacent to a now infilled, natural harbour on Larnaka Bay. This publication integrates a comprehensive treatment of methods with a discussion of artefact distribution, a thorough catalogue of finds, and a diachronic history to shed light on one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Cypriot coast.

Illustrated in b&w with 137 illustrations and 56 tables.

Contributions by
Maria Andrioti, P. Nick Kardulias, Dimitri Nakassis and Brandon Olson

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Chapter 1 – Introduction (William Caraher, R. Scott Moore & David K. Pettegrew)

1.1. History of Work in the Micro-Region

1.2. Debates in Mediterranean Studies

1.3. Plan of the Work

1.4. Acknowledgements

Chapter 2 – Intensive Survey (William Caraher, Dimitri Nakassis & David K. Pettegrew)

2.1. High-Resolution Survey

2.3. Distributional Data: Counting and Chronotypes

2.4. Geological and Geomorphological Survey

2.5. Conclusions

Chapter 3 – Survey Data and Experiments in Sampling (David K. Pettegrew)

3.1. The 2004 and 2006 Experiments: Pedestrian Survey (20%) vs. Hoovering (5%)

3.2. The 2010 Experiments: Pedestrian Resurvey and Hoovering Sub-Units

3.3. Discussion

Chapter 4 – Catalogue of Finds (R. Scott Moore & Brandon R. Olson)

4.1. Fine Wares

4.2. Kitchen Wares

4.3. Medium Coarse Wares

4.4. Coarse Wares

4.5. Amphorae

4.6. Pithoi

4.7. Roof Tiles

4.8. Lamps

4.9. Conclusions on Ceramic Assemblage

4.10. Figurines (Maria Andrioti)

4.11. A Contextual and Epigraphic Analysis of the Inscribed Glandes (Sling Bullets)from Vigla (Brandon R. Olson)

4.12. Lithic Artifacts (P. Nick Kardulias)

Chapter 5 – Artifact Distributions (William Caraher & David K. Pettegrew)

5.1. The Survey Assemblage

5.2. The Distributional Pattern of Total Artifact Density: Zones

5.3. Period-Based Analysis

Chapter 6 – Features in the Landscape (William Caraher)

6.1. Features

6.2. The Hellenistic Fortification Wall at Vigla

6.3. The Venetian Wall at Koutsopetria

6.4. The Early Christian Basilica at Koutsopetria

6.5. Conclusions

Chapter 7 – Historical Conclusions (William Caraher)

7.1. Koutsopetria in Prehistory

7.2. Koutsopetria in the Early Iron Age and the Geometric Period

7.3. Koutsopetria in the Cypro-Archaic Period

7.4. Koutsopetria in the Cypro-Classical Period

7.5. Koutsopetria in the Hellenistic Period

7.6. Koutsopetria in the Early Roman Period

7.7. Koutsopetria in Late Antiquity

7.8. Koutsopetria after Antiquity




This volume adds to [the authors'] already impressive engagements with the practice and impact of archaeological surveying (both in print and online), and is vital for anybody interested in diachronic landscapes, the practice of archaeological survey and the presentation of archaeological data. This is easily one of the most important books on survey to have been published in the past five years.
Dan Stewart, University of Leicester, Antiquity, October 2015

This volume represents a significant contribution to the published survey data for Cyprus, and the authors' straightforward discussions of the region's material will form a critical and methodologically rigorous reference for those interested in the region or in island-wide trends. Pyla Koutsopetria Archaeological Project certainly fills a gap in our understandings of first-millennium CE landscapes for the eastern coastal areas of Cyprus. The in-depth discussions of sampling and grid strategies will also be a great resource for scholars and practitioners of Mediterranean survey more broadly. [...] PKAP places a lesser-known landscape in a prominent position and provides robust material for future investigations.
Catherine Kearns, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2016.02.39

William Caraher is a historian and archaeologist in the Department of History at the University of North Dakota. He specializes in survey archaeology in Greece and Cyprus, the archaeology of the 21st century Bakken oil boom in North Dakota, and punk archaeology worldwide.

David Pettegrew is Associate Professor of History at Messiah College. A scholar of the Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean, his interests lie in histories of landscapes. He co-directs the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project and is involved in research related to the Corinthia, Greece.

R. Scott Moore is Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on ceramics and trade in the eastern Mediterranean during the Roman and Late Antique periods. He co-directs the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project and conducts research in Cyprus.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 348 pages
 285mm x 220mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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