The analysis of ceramics from Aphrati sheds valuable new light on the history of this Cretan settlement and on its relationship with a nearby rural sanctuary at Kato Syme in the Late Archaic and Classical periods. It has long been held that Aphrati was deserted from ca. 600 to 400 B.C. A pottery deposit from the domestic quarter, however, now supports occupation of the city during this period. A ceramic classification system is presented and the morphological development and absolute chronology of several key shapes at Aphrati and Kato Syme are plotted. Historical implications of the ceramic evidence are also explored.
Erickson, Brice L., "Aphrati and Kato Syme: Pottery, Continuity, and Cult in Late Archaic and Classical Crete" (2002). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Scholarship. 3695.