The Archaeology of Cult. The Sanctuary at Phylakopi

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Author: Andrew Colin Renfrew ()1937- ) Inscribed 

Year: 1985

Publisher: British School of Archaeology at Athens, Thames and Hudson

Place: London


xiv+505+[70 plate] pages with frontispiece, 127 text figures (some folding), tables (some folding), charts, two folded loose inserts in back pocket, appendixes, bibliography and index. Quarto (10" x 7 1/2") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original pictorial jacket. Contributions by P. A. Mountjoy, Elizabeth French, John G. Younger, John F. Cherry, Alec Daykin, Jennfer Moody, Lyvia Morgan and Nick Bradford, and with the assistance of Callum MacFarlane, Robin Torrence, Clive Gamble and Todd Whitelaw. (Supplementary volume no. 18.) Inscribed by the author. First edition. 

This volume sets out to be in effect two books in one, an examination of cult in general, and a report of the excavation of a particular shrine at Phylakopi on  Melos with a consideration of its significance. The prehistoric town of Phylakopi was the scene of one of the pioneering excavations sponsored by the British School at Athens at the end of the last century. For its day it was a careful undertaking, well conducted and published in some detail. For its day it was a careful undertaking, well conducted and published in some detail. The report of the findings still remains basic to any study of the prehistory of the Cyclades. Then in 1911, a further dig was mounted with the purpose of checking the stratigraphy, this was so summarily reported as to have little value. So, it reexamination of the town with up-to-date methods was overdue and in 1974 Renfrew undertook this task under the continuing sponsorship of the British School at Athens. The discovery of the two interconnected shrines, here published separately from the rest, was one of the outcomes of four season's excavation.

Inscribed by Renfrew on the dedication page to the individual dedicated. Corners and spine heal bumped. Jacket light edge wear, spine lightly sunned else very good in like jacket. 

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