Kommos : A Minoan Harbour Town and Greek Sanctuary in Southern Crete

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To celebrate thirty years of excavation, the director of the University of Toronto excavations at Kommos presents a personal view of the site and the archaeological investigations that have transformed our understanding of what daily life for more humble members of the Bronze Age population may have been like. At the same time, the site was a busy port with connections to the Near East that continued into historic periods and some rich finds and elaborate buildings reflect the importance of foreign trade for the Cretan economy.

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  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 172.7 x 241.3 x 20.3mm | 680.4g
  • American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Princeton, United States
  • English
  • 40 col and 35 b/w illus
  • 0876616600
  • 9780876616604

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...clear writing combining both authority and enthusiasm for the subject [and] a personal touch that makes it enjoyable to read. Too few excavators attempt this kind of work and Shaw is to be congratulated for his effort. -- Archaeology (online reviews) Archaeology (online reviews) This is so much more than an excellent book on an important archaeological site... I cannot recommend this book highly enough.' -- Minerva Minerva this book by Joseph Shaw is a delight.' -- Bryn Mawr Classical Review Bryn Mawr Classical Review Overall, this beautifully produced book impresses both for the wealth of audience it potentially serves and the straightforward manner in which it delivers.' -- Journal of Hellenic Studies Journal of Hellenic Studies

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About J.W. Shaw

Joseph W. Shaw, emeritus professor at the University of Toronto, has focused his work on the architecture and the general character of the Bronze Age Aegean. In particular, he and his wife, Maria, discovered, excavated, and published (starting in 1976) the southern Cretan site of Kommos-the seaport of Minoan Phaistos and Hagia Triadha.

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