Excavations at Gournia, 2010-2012

by L. Vance Watrous, D. Matthew Buell, John C. McEnroe, John G. Younger, Lee Ann Turner, Brian S. Kunkel, Kevin Glowacki, Scott Gallimore, Angus Smith, Panagiota A. Pantou, Anne Chapin, and Evi Margaritis

Hesperia, Volume 84, Issue 3
Page(s): 397-465
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.84.3.0397
Year: 2015


This article presents previous research at Gournia, the overall goals of our project, a new plan of the settlement, and our 2010-2012 excavations in eight areas: the Pit House, the Northwest Area, the North Cemetery, North Trench, the Northeast Area, House Aa, several rooms in the palace, and House He. Analytical sections discuss the textual evidence; the painted plasters; and the botanical remains. Our excavations indicate that Gournia was first settled in the Final Neolithic period and grew into an industrial town by the Protopalatial period. Following a Middle Minoan II destruction, the town was reorganized in Middle Minoan IIIA to include the palace, which in Late Minoan IB employed Linear A.