Friday 8 October 2010

Philip Betancourt
Temple University, Philadephia, USA

Evidence from the Hagios Charalambos Cave for Lasithi's Economic and Political Relations with Other Parts of Crete 
The excavations of the Hagios Charalambos cave were conducted by Costis Davaras and later by the speaker in collaboration with Davaras and with Eleni Stravopodi. The projects discovered a substantial amount of evidence in several areas. The results show many details of how the cave was prepared to receive secondary burials and how the bones were deposited, because the cavern was previously undisturbed except for minor surface looting. In addition, the excavations provided a substantial number of finds including pottery, stone vases, seals, metal tools, stone tools, figurines, and other objects. After mending, the pottery consisted of over 17,000 pieces, mostly sherds, but also many complete and partly complete vessels. The finds shed light on the economic affiliations of the community whose members were buried in the communal ossuary, and also on the connections of Lasithi in general. They show that Lasithi was not isolated from the rest of Crete, but was in touch with many other places closer to the coasts. Theories on the political affiliations can also be suggested.


Next Seminar

Friday 12 May 18.30

M. Marthari
Raos on Thera...