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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.