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Author Watrous, Livingston Vance, 1943-

Title The plain of Phaistos : cycles of social complexity in the Mesara region of Crete / L. Vance Watrous, Despoina Hadzi-Vallianou, Harriet Blitzer ; with contributions by John Bennet ... [and others].

Published [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail f  939.18 WATR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvi, 668 pages, 70 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.
Series Monumenta archaeologica ; 23.
Monumenta archaeologica (Los Angeles, Calif.) ; v. 23.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 595-668) and index.
Contents I: The western Mesara project -- II: The natural environment and its use -- III: Prehistoric settlement and society -- IV: Historical settlement and society -- V: Final perspectives.
Summary "The Plain of Phaistos: Cycles of Social Complexity in the Mesara Region of Crete presents the results of an interdisciplinary regional field project (1984-1987) carried out in the vast Mesara Plain 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 in southern Crete. The archaeological, geological, botanical, environmental, ethnographic, and historical studies of this project establish the regional identity of the Western Mesara and define changing man-land relationships through time. Using a combination of empirical, processual, and post-processual theoretical approaches, this volume investigates a central problem: how and why did the Bronze Age and Classical states arise at Phaistos?"--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Chatzē-Vallianou, Despoina.
Blitzer, Harriet.
Bennet, John, 1957-
Subject Mesara Plain (Greece) -- History.
Phaistos (Extinct city) -- History.
ISBN 1931745145 (alk. paper)