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Sissi 2007-2008: A Preliminary Examination of the Pottery

A large part of the ceramics thus far retrieved from the Kephali is formed by Late Minoan (LM) pottery, spanning the phases LM I to LM IIIB.

M pottery occurs in each zone of the hill apart from the cemetery which was in use during EM IIA-MM IIB. From this last phase come many complete vessels or profiles. Notably a MM IIB deposit comprised a large drinking and cooking set. Moreover, some of the house tombs still conserved some complete EM II jars, some containing foetuses.

Where the Neopalatial pottery is concerned, zone 2 is certainly the most promising area of the site for defining the pottery consumption of the inhabitants of Sissi during this period.Here is some of the very well fired fine ware found in room 2.1. It corresponds to freshly broken but incomplete vessels. This tends to suggest that the thick layer from which this pottery comes is the result of a destructive event but removed from its initial place, most likely not far away from room 2.1.

Covered by masses of dumped pottery was also a small floor deposit in room 2.1. The pottery is not very diagnostic, unfortunately: a coarse vat stood in situ on the bedrock, while an oval-mouthed amphora, some drinking and other closed vessels were scattered around in it, probably fallen here during the destruction event.

The excavations on the summit of the hill have provided a large number of LM III pottery, both complete and in fragments.



In zone 3, well-preserved destruction deposits have been brought to light, directly on the last floor. The local post-palatial ceramic sequence promises to be very interesting especially against its regional perspective. Indeed the main deposits in zone 3 are connected with a destructive event, occurring possibly in an advanced stage of the LM IIIB phase. It is going to be extremely exciting to compare Sissi with the LM IIIA2-B occupation of Quartier Nu at Malia, on the one hand, and with the late LM IIIB-IIIC sites located on the upper parts of the surrounded mountains such as the Anavlochos, and the Selena and Papoura Mountains, on the other hand.