Area 623

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Area ID 623
Site Phaistos
Area type settlement
Area NR
Period Crete/Tomkins 2007: Final Neolithic III 3600 - 3300
Dating method material culture
Radiocarbon dated None
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Earliest date: 14C age (BP) None
Earliest date: Calibration None
Earliest date: 14C age calibrated (BC) None
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Earliest date: Standard deviation None
Earliest date: Delta 13C None
Earliest date: Dated by
Latest date: Lab Number
Latest date: 14C age (BP) None
Latest date: Calibration None
Latest date: 14C age calibrated (BC) None
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Latest date: Standard deviation None
Latest date: Delta 13C None
Latest date: Dated by
Period Reference P. Tomkins, Neolithic: Strata IX-VIII, VII-VIB, VIA-V, IV, IIIB, IIIA, IIA, and IC Groups, 2007, London
Alram-Stern, Eva, Die Ägäische Frühzeit, 2. Serie,Forschungsbericht 1977-2009. Das neolithische und vorpalastzeitliche Kreta, None, None
Settlement type None
Settlement structure
Settlement building type
Settlement building shape circular
Settlement building technique
Settlement archaeological features courtyard
Cave/rockshelters type None
Cave/rockshelters: Evidence of graves/human remains
Cave/rockshelters: Evidence of occupation
Quarry exploitation type None
Quarry raw material
Cemetery/graves topography
Cemetery/graves mortuary features
Grave: number of graves 1
Grave type pit grave
Grave: type of human remains secondary deposition
Grave: estimated number of individuals 1
Grave: age groups adult (19-40)
Grave: sexes
Grave: number of female sex None
Grave: number of male sex None
Grave: number of not specified sex None
Grave: disturbance of graves
Description On the natural ground beneath the Central Court and its western side, remains of a rectangular building, rectangular walls, pits and a circular building were found. A massive wall with stucco on both sides, formed the main part of a house. Three rooms of this house could be identified.The layout can be compared to buildings in Knossos and Katsambas. Close to the Central Court in corridor 7, cult activities took place. vessels with pastose painting, a sifter, a triton's trumpet with pastose painting (maybe used as a rhyton) astragali and animal bones were found. Also close by, there was a grave pit with an adult in a secondary deposition, whose body was covered with stones. Close to the West Court, comparable objects were found. Concluding, on the area of the later Palace, several buildings with two open courts between them, that were used for ceremonial activities, existed in the Final Neolithic III. Because of domestic pottery and tools (stone, bone, clay), domestic activities and tool production took place. It is assumed that pottery and textiles were also produced here.
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Interpretations related to this Area
Interpretation ID 74
ID 75
ID 76
ID 77