Talalay reports on the most important collection of figurines (24 figurines and 21 fragments) in southern Greece, recovered during excavations at Franchthi Cave and at the nearby open-air settlement along the present shoreline. She also reexamines the theoretical and methodological foundations of scholarship in the field of figurine studies. Of particular concern is a critical evaluation of the uses of evidence in addressing gender issues.
Lauren E. Talalay is Research Associate and Curator Emerita, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan. She is the coauthor of In the Field: The Archaeological Expeditions of the Kelsey Museum (2006).
Foreword (T.W. Jacobsen)
Chapter One: An Overview of the Franchthi Figurines/Chronological Distribution/Archaeological Context/Raw Material/Subject Matter/Design
Chapter Two: Catalogue/Descriptive Categories/Catalogue
Chapter Three: The Production of the Franchthi Figurines/Construction Techniques/Figurine-Makers and Ownership/Figurines and Pottery
Chapter Four: Deciphering the Use and Meaning of Prehistoric Figurines/Introduction/Figurines and Their Contexts/Ethnographic Analogues/Summary
Chapter Five: Deciphering the Use and Meaning of Prehistoric Figurines/Use/
Chapter Six: Franchthi Figurines: A Regional Perspective/Introduction/Discussion of Regional Styles/Discussion of Use and Meaning by Region
Chapter Seven: Conclusion/Summary/Avenues for Future Research
Appendix A: Findspots of Franchthi Figurines
Appendix B: Hardness Ratings of Clay Bodies form Franchthi (Mohs Hardness
Appendix C: Color Values of Figurines from Franchthi (Munsell Soil Color
Appendix D: Possible Figurine Fragments
Appendix E: Coded Dimensions Used in Cluster Analysis
Appendix F: Published Figurines from Southern Greece