Abstract: Pottery, Paintings, and Pinakides: the latest dirt from the excavation of Petsas House, Mycenae


This elaborately illustrated lecture will present the results of eleven seasons of excavation by the Archaeological Society of Athens at ‘Petsas House’ in the settlement of the famous Bronze Age palatial center at Mycenae. A look into a complex structure of the 14th century BCE reveals domestic and workshop use together with an expanding role in the socio-political life of the palace. Pottery, as the primary artifact type, is examined within its production, storage, and distribution contexts. A well, excavated within the building complex, provides evidence for the life of the building, for its violent destruction, and for human agency in a post-destruction reclamation phase. The excavator will present material produced in this workshop alongside a picture of life in the building together with evidence for a relationship to the palace through fragments of Linear B tablets and of contact with the greater Mycenaean and Mediterranean world during the 14th c. BCE.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

E.B.French, Agamemnon’s Capital: Mycenae the site and its setting. Tempus, 2002.

K.Shelton, “Citadel and settlement: a developing economy at Mycenae, the case of Petsas House,” Political Economies of the Aegean Bronze Age. Papers from the Langford Conference, 22-24 February 2007, Florida State University (2010) 184-204.

K. Shelton, “Drinking, toasting, consumption and libation:  Late Helladic IIIA pottery and a cup for every occasion,” DAIS. The Aegean Feast. Aegaeum 29 (2009), 221-228.

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