The files in this series contains most of the manuscripts, articles, chapters of books, and books written by Professor Shaw (often in conjunction with his wife, Maria, and sometimes with other authors), and two of his book reviews. The earliest articles document the results of his work at Kenchreai, where he toiled under the supervision of Robert Scranton, beginning in 1963 and which resulted (with Scranton and others) in his first book, Kenchreai, Volume I, The Town and The Harbour (1978). Professor Shaw’s subsequent introduction by Nicholas Platon to Crete and, especially to Kommos, and his doctoral research on port establishments in the Mediterranean, set the stage for much of his future work and writings. The excavations at Kommos began 1976 and, over thirty years, has resulted in six major studies published by Princeton University Press. Popularly dubbed Kommos I to V, they appeared in 1995-1996, 1990, 1992, 2000, and 2006 respectively. The Shaws edited volumes I, parts 1 and 2, IV and V. Volumes II and III were edited by others and are only tangentially represented in this series. The Shaws also edited another book on Kommos, A Great Minoan Triangle in Southcentral Crete: Kommos, Hagia Triadha, Phaistos (1985). Professor Shaw also wrote Kommos: A Minoan harbor town and Greek sanctuary in Crete (2006), and edited, with Aleydis Van de Moortel, Peter M. Day, and Vassilis Kilikoglou, A LM IA ceramic kiln in south-central Crete: function and pottery production (2001).
These volumes and numerous articles on Kommos are represented in this series, but most of the periodic reports on excavations there are not included. The remaining articles document the results of research ranging from Minoan palaces and tripartite shrines, to archaeological sites at Akrotiri and Thera, Cretan temples, and Phoenicians in southern Crete.
The files contain any combination of correspondence, notes, drafts, drawings and photographs. The few photographs have been left with the textual materials with which they are associated, and the arrangement of the files is chronological, by date of publication.