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H 242 x W 172 mm

128 pages

11 figures; 17 plates

Published May 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology

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Paperback: 9781803271545

Digital: 9781803271552

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Keywords
Mycenae; Ancient Greece; Cult Centre; Religion

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Well Built Mycenae, Fascicule 14: Tsountas House Area

By Kim Shelton

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Presenting results of excavations in the ‘Cult Centre’ area at Mycenae, the Tsountas House Area contains two buildings and multiple access ramps. This study is essential for understanding the conception and function of Mycenaean religious space and the socio-political development of cult.

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Contents

Foreword (E. B. French and K. A. Wardle) ;
Acknowledgements ;

INTRODUCTION ;
Note on the Polygonal Tower ;
Historiography of Excavation and Publication ;
Chronological Theories ;

PART 1. THE HOUSE ;
Description and Excavation ;
The House ;
The Entrance ;
Court A ;
Room B ;
Megaron C ;
Rooms D1 and D2 ;
Stairs G ;
Basement (Rooms F13 and Corridor E) ;
Forecourt H ;
Walls J, K, and M ;
Wall N and Offset O ;
The Forecourt Deposit ;
The Finds ;
The House ;
Forecourt H ;
Wall K ;
Summary ;
Use of the House ;

PART 2. THE TSOUNTAS HOUSE SHRINE (G) ;
Terminology ;
Description and Excavation ;
The Shrine ;
Room G ;
The Shrine — Lower Floor ;
The Shrine — Upper Floor ;
Area Q ;
The Finds ;
Room G ;
The Shrine ;
Area Q ;
Summary ;
Use of the Shrine ;

Part 3. ACCESS TO THE AREA ;
Description and Excavation ;
Stairway and Central Drain K ;
The Culvert ;
Lower End of Stairway and Drain K ;
The Sacred Way ;
The Upper Ramp from Threshold m to the Middle Ramp ;
The Upper Ramp ;
The Middle Ramp ;
The Lower Ramp and Passage J ;
Area Z ;
The West Cyclopean Wall ;
The Finds ;
Stairway and Drain K ;
The Upper Ramp ;
The Middle Ramp ;
The Lower Ramp and Passage J ;
Area Z ;
Summary and Use ;

Part 4. CONCLUSION ;

Endnotes ;

Bibliography

About the Author

Kim Shelton is Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. She directs the excavations at the Sanctuary of Zeus, Ancient Nemea, the Petsas House, Mycenae, and the TAPHOS chamber tomb project at Aidonia. As a specialist in ceramics and the political economy of the prehistoric Aegean, her research is focused on workshop dynamics and their relationship to the market economy of pottery, the regional needs of a diverse population, and the Mycenaean palatial administration. Her research on ancient Greek ritual and religion explores the earliest manifestations of Greek religious ritual through permanent architectural establishments and ritual paraphernalia from the Bronze Age to the Archaic periods. She has worked at Mycenae for more than 30 years with the Archaeological Society of Athens and the British School at Athens.