This volume presents the Protogeometric through Hellenistic material (ca. 970-175 B.C.) from ASCSA excavations conducted in the 1950s at Lerna in the Argolid, one of the most important prehistoric sites in Greece.
The material derives from two main sources: burials from a Geometric cemetery near the settlement and Late Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic wells from the mound proper.
Although the material consists primarily of pottery and other ceramic finds, it also includes human remains, animal bones and shells, coins, inscriptions, and bronze and stone objects.
Heather Graybehl provides a petrographic analysis, Mark L.
Lawall discusses the transport amphoras and import patterns, David S.
Reese presents the faunal material, and David Scahill presents and catalogues two Doric capitals.
This study not only gives scholars greater insight into ceramic developments in the Argolid, it brings much-needed focus to the material culture of a historic settlement not known for strategic trading, politics, or military prowess.
Lerna VIII will greatly facilitate comparative studies with other modestly sized communities in ancient Greece.