The Excavation of Archaic Houses at Azoria in 2005-2006

by Donald C. Haggis, Margaret S. Mook, Rodney D. Fitzsimons, C. Margaret Scarry, and Lynn M. Snyder

Hesperia, Volume 80, Issue 3
Page(s): 431-489
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.80.3.0431
Year: 2011


This article reports on the excavation of Archaic houses (6th-early 5th century B.C.) in 2005 and 2006 at Azoria in eastern Crete. Five houses are discussed: four on the South Acropolis on the periphery of the civic center, and one on the North Acropolis. Well-preserved floor deposits provide evidence for room functions and permit a preliminary analysis of domestic space. The houses fill a lacuna in the published record of the 6th and early 5th centuries B.C. and contribute to our understanding of the form of Archaic houses in the Aegean and the integration of domestic space into an urban context.