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An Asseeement of Proto-Geometric Apsidal Buildings, S.Moore, 2005 (Thesis)

An Asseeement of Proto-Geometric Apsidal Buildings, S.Moore, 2005 (Thesis)

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 An Assessment of Protogeometric Apsidal BuildingsSenior Honors Thesis: Sarah MooreDepartments of Anthropology and ClassicsFaculty Mentor: Dr. Aleydis Van de MoortelDepartment of Classics5 August 2005
1ContentsAbstractIntroductionMethods and Aims of the Present StudyI. Historical Overview: Apsidal Buildings in Prehistoric GreeceI.1 Early Helladic II-Early Helladic III TransitionI.2 Middle HelladicII. Final Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Society II.1 Introduction: The Late Helladic Decline and the Late Helladic IIIC PeriodII.2 Trends in Protogeometric SocietyII.3 ArchitectureIII. Catalog of Published
Protogeometric Apsidal BuildingsIII.1 Tiryns, Curved Wall BIII.2 Thessaloniki, ToumbaIII.3 Thermon, Megaron AIII.4 Tarsus, Building U2III.5 Poseidi, Building
TIII.6 Asine, Building C (74L, 74N-IM, and 74M )III.7 Mitrou, Building AIII.8 Nichoria, Unit III-1, Unit IV-1b and Curved Wall HIII.9 Lefkandi, Toumba BuildingIII.10 Koukounaries, Building AIII.11 Assiros, ToumbaIII.12 Antissa, Building IIIIV. Discussion V. ConclusionsFiguresReferences
This study was performed in order to closely assess a specific building type, theapsidal building, during the Protogeometric period in Greece. This period lasted fromapproximately 1000-900 B.C. It has often been referred to as the “Greek Dark Ages”, butwith more research such as this we will better understand the period. This study wasinspired by the Mitrou Archaeological Project in East Lokris, Greece. Duringexcavations in summer 2004, a large Protogeometric apsidal building was unearthed.Only a dozen of such buildings have been found, therefore making this an important find.The use and importance of these buildings is debated, making in depth research essential.Each apsidal building was studied by certain physical characteristics, including size,orientation, architectural features, and distribution of artifacts. These qualities helped inassessing the possible functions of the buildings and also their importance in their communities. It was found that these buildings do appear to have been significant andthat their functions may vary from dwellings, to community buildings, to political purposes. Several interesting parallels were also discovered, including similarities in building orientations. In conclusion, this research is one of many such studies that should be conducted in order to better understand the Protogeometric period of Greece.

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