Cheyenne Peverelli

Palaepaphos (cipro) in età classica. Analisi funzionale e socio-culturale del materiale ceramico di un quartiere abitativo

The dissertation project focuses on the study of settlement features and finds of the Classical period (5th-4th century BC) in Palaepaphos, capital of the Kingdom of Paphos, which are unique in Cyprus and have long gone unnoticed. From the analysis of the local pottery of two wells and a dwelling, their find contexts, and their relationship to imported wares, inferences will be made regarding consumer behavior, social practices, and networks of society at Palaepaphos. A focus will be placed on the study of local pottery from selected features, which will provide information on the function, typochronological development, and provenance of the vessels. Also analyzed is the relationship between locally produced pottery and imported Attic pottery. From this, new insights are expected, especially with regard to questions of change and cultural transfer in the cultural practices of drinking and eating culture specific to Palaepaphos. While the early period of Cyprus has already received a great deal of research attention, material culture in classical times is still a desideratum today. The findings to be investigated allow to close this research gap and to make an important contribution to the development of Cypriot pottery in Classical times. Palaepaphos is - not least because of the fame of its Aphrodite sanctuary - historically to be regarded as the main site of the most important kingdom in western Cyprus. The dissertation project will also provide a basis for the historical classification of the kingdom and its interconnectedness in the Mediterranean region, which has so far only been considered in a one-sided manner.