The Lapithos-Lower Geometric Cemetery: An early Iron Age necropolis in Cyprus (report of the 1931-1932 excavations of the Cyprus Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania Museum) [electronic resource].

Donohoe, Jean M.
521 p.
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Dissertation Abstracts International 53-11A.

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This dissertation presents, in the form of a final excavation report, the results of the investigation of the Lower Geometric Cemetery of Lapithos conducted by the Cyprus Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania Museum in 1931-32. The Upper Geometric Cemetery, excavated by the same team and from which only one tomb has so far been published, is not included in this report.
The importance of the Lapithos region in the early Iron Age has long been recognized. Evidence from the Cypro-Geometric tombs of the Kastros and Plakes cemeteries, excavated and published by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition, forms the basis for both tomb classification and pottery typology of the period. The Lower Geometric necropolis, topographically distinct from either of these two burial areas, supplements our knowledge of this important region and provides a more complete database from which to refine the ceramic typologies and relative chronology and from which to draw conclusions regarding the history of Lapithos and the nature of Cypriot society in the Iron Age.
The form and contents of the Lower Geometric tombs emphasize that the Cypro-Geometric "koine" prevailed at Lapithos. Assemblages from the Lower Geometric graves are generally slightly poorer than those from nearby cemeteries. The dearth of foreign imports and the complete absence of Aegean finds from the site is in keeping with evidence from other burial grounds in the vicinity demonstrating that Lapithos, unlike the major cities of the south coast, was not an outward-looking trade center. Knowledge of the nature of the local communities is limited by the exclusively funerary character of the archaeological evidence; nevertheless, the existence of this necropolis, in addition to the others in the area, emphasizes that the region flourished during the Cypro-Geometric period.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 53-11, Section: A, page: 3962.
Supervisor: James D. Muhly.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 1992.
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