Joseph Shaw and Maria Shaw

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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Kommos was lightly settled as early as the Late Neolithic/Early Minoan period, especially on the sloping side of the small southernmost hills known as Tou Spanou Ta Kephalia. Like most Minoan sites, Kommos was mainly an agricultural community, with its inhabitants sustained by farming and herding but also by the sea. In about 1020 bc, locals established a small temple upon the Minoan ruins. With this broad review in mind, this article turns to specific aspects relating to the town: its topography, the architecture of the houses, and the activities as implied both by architectural features and finds. With regard to town planning, the article talks about one main road that ran north to south, which it nicknamed the Rampa dal Mare.

Keywords: Kommos; Tou Spanou Ta Kephalia; topography; architecture; Rampa dal Mare

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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