[July 2023]
Aellopos, Studies in Honour of Iris Tzachili.

A collection of 35 studies dedicated to Iris Tzachili, Professor Emerita of Prehistoric Archaeology of the University of Crete. The authors are mainly her students together with many of her colleagues, archaeologists and historians, from Crete, Thera and the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete. The thematically and chronologically multifaceted studies deal with archaeological and historical issues, as well as highlighting the historicity of heritage and contemporary reception.
  [May 2022]
Âayindir 1922, A Tale of Loss from Asia Minor.

The texts in this book concern the small town of Bayindir in the valley of the Kaystros, near Smyrna, and its inhabitants. They attempt to strike a balance between historical essay, timeless reminiscences, embellished scholarly narratives and personal feelings.
Therasia III. Archaeological research and landscape history of an island community.

Therasia is a suitable field for the observation of small island communities, having preserved significant traces of a cultural landscape connected with the diachronic ekistic history of the island, the uses of land, and the perception and experience of the space by human communities on the past.
  [Noe 2020]
Good Works: Studies in Honour of Professor Clairy Palyvou.

Announcing the publication of the volume Good Works, Studies in Honour of Clairy Palyvou, edited by Iris Tzachili and Maria Arakadaki, by Ta Pragmata Publications. The papers largely lie in Professor Palyvou's own areas of interest, covering technical and theoretical architectural issues, mainly of the Bronze Age but also in the modern period.
  [July 2019]
Therasia II. Historicizing Prehistory: The historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866.

A series of studies on the historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866, the first in the Aegean, at the time of the volcanic eruption. The unprecedented phenomena, both archaeological and geological, inspired geologists and archaeologists to collaborate on the development of new, mainly evolutionary theories on the pre-hellenic past.

Tzachili Iris
Daskalakis Nikos

Douskos Dimitra
Ioakeimidou Lito
Papazikou Vagia
Pavlaki Katerina
Vakirtzi Sophia

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Vrysinas II - The Pottery of the 1972-1973 excavation. Contribution to the history of the Vrysinas Peak Sanctuary.

by Iris Tzachili

This volume is the second in the series of published archaeological material from the Vrysinas Peak Sanctuary, covering the pottery from the 1972-73 excavation. Apart from the basic presentation of the pottery via illustrations, photographs and descriptions, and of its chronological and typological context, the main themes developed are the analysis of human activity at the site as evidenced by the pottery (e.g. large-scale communal meals), the offerings of material and immaterial goods (the ritual), and the visitors' origins. Light is also shed on the conception of the natural world and social space by the applied decoration of the vases with human and animal figurines and elements of the landscape such as rocks and trees.

Overall, an image is formed of a gathering-place of perioikoi, residents of nearby villages and townships, who converged on the hill, organised according to kin-group, age or place of origin, for purposes of both worship and communality. Rituals are performed, agreements and alliances confirmed and conflicts resolved, on issues such as water use or herding passes. The pottery and figurine sherds are all that remains of these busy gatherings, but they are enough to provide evidence of the rites and function of the Peak Sanctuary as a form of early amphictyony.