Priniatikos Pyrgos and the Classical Period in Eastern Crete: Feasting and Island Identities

by Brice L. Erickson

Hesperia, Volume 79, Issue 3
Page(s): 305-349
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40981053
Year: 2010


Classical Crete is still poorly understood archaeologically, although recent work on local ceramic sequences has begun to change the traditional picture of isolation and decline in the 5th century B.C. At Priniatikos Pyrgos in the Mirabello region of eastern Crete, relatively rich phases of Classical occupation provide a detailed view of local ceramic development. A large deposit of fine wares mixed with ash and bone may indicate public feasting. The evidence also casts light on the local economy, revealing connections with Gortyn, Azoria, and other Cretan cities, as well as extensive contacts overseas.