Title: "The Archaic Cretan City: Results of Recent Excavations at Azoria"
Abstract: "The Azoria Project completed its second five-year campaign of excavation in 2017, recovering new evidence for the political economy of a Cretan city in the earliest stages of its development. The excavations confirm a stratigraphic horizon at the end of the 7th century B.C., in which the site was rebuilt, transforming the topography, physical structure and function of the protoarchaic settlement, and establishing a number of monumental public buildings and elite residences of archaic date (6th-early 5th c. B.C). New forms of civic and domestic architecture characterize the urban center, with in-situ contexts permitting the evaluation of material patterns of resource mobilization, storage, redistribution and consumption. The contexts include assembly and feasting halls and associated cult buildings; storage facilities; and buildings dedicated to the large-scale processing of foodstuffs for communal feasting. The presentation reviews the results of this recent work, and discusses the implications of centralized and state-administered agricultural storage and redistribution for understanding the sociopolitical organization of the early archaic city."