Pyrgouthi: A Rural Site in the Berbati Valley
from the Early Iron Age to Late Antiquity
Excavations by the Swedish Institute at Athens 1995 & 1997
By Jenni Hjohlman, Arto Penttinen & Berit Wells
Acta Instituti Atheniensis Regni Sueciae, Series in 4°, LII
Paul Astroms Forlag
364 pages, Illustrated, 8 ½” x 12”
This volume presents the results of the excavations in 1995 and 1997 at Pyrgouthi in the Berbati Valley, Argolis, Greece. The toponym is the local denomination for a Hellenistic tower, which has always been a prominent monument in the landscape. In the surface survey of the valley in 1988-1990 the tower was perceived as part of a Classical farmstead and in the ensuing excavation project it was targeted as such. However, the excavations revealed that this interpretation corresponded to but a fraction of the truth.
The volume also contains the reports on analyses of various organic and inorganic materials retrieved during the excavation both through handpicking and through water flotation: metals and slags by Yannis Bassiakos; residue of wine from storage jarsby Sven Isaksson; a charred fragment of sack cloth by Hero Granger-Taylor; animal bones by Dimitra Mylona and Petros Lymberakis; charcoal from the tower timbers by Maria Ntinou; seeds by Anaya Sarpaki; and mollusks by George Syrides.
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