Article: «The contribution of soil micromorphology in understanding the use of space in Area Pi at Malia (Crete)» (2021)

Mylona P., Pomadère M. (2021), The contribution of soil micromorphology in understanding the use of space in Area Pi at Malia (Crete), Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 36, article n. 102785.


• New data on the use and the maintenance of the space in Area Pi at Malia, Crete.

• New data on the building techniques of constructed floors

• Micromorphological analysis for the use of space in Room 16, 19 and Space 25, Area Pi.

• Correlation of archaeological and micromorphological data on use of space in Area Pi.


Geoarchaeology uses sediments to define the relation between human, soil and environment by approaching, among other questions, the use of space in different earthen structures. During the excavation of Area Pi in Malia, Crete, different questions were raised concerning the use and function of the space in and around the Neopalatial building (ca. 1700–1450 BCE). Geoarchaeological study, using soil micromorphology, was applied in three rooms (Rooms 19, 25 and 16) dated from Middle Minoan II to Late Minoan IA period in order to understand more thoroughly the activities of the Minoan inhabitants. The study allowed a correlation of archaeological and micromorphological data, to challenge hypotheses and propose interpretations on the use of space and spatial organization of occupation. The study revealed successive frequently used plaster floors in Room 19, exterior but roof protected space for the Space 25 and for Room 16 the study proposed the presence of a hole in the roof relating to a movable hearth.


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