Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2015

10 October 2015

Minoan Archaeology. Perspectives for the 21st Century

Edited by Sarah Cappel, Ute Günkel-Maschek & Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

Minoan Archaeology. Perspectives for the 21st Century

City: Louvain-la-Neuve

Year: 2015

Publisher: Presses universitaires de Louvain

Series: Aegis 08

Description: Paperback, 382 p., numerous figures and drawings, 24x17 cm


More than 100 years ago Sir Arthur Evans’ spade made the first cut into the earth above the well-known Palace at Knossos. His research at the Kephala hill as well as contemporary fieldwork at further sites in Crete saw the birth of a new discipline: Minoan Archaeology. Since these beginnings in the final decades of the 20th century, the investigation of Bronze Age Crete has experienced fundamental progress. The impressive wealth of new data relating to the sites and material culture of this Bronze Age society and its impact beyond the island’s shores, the refinement of its chronology, the constant developement of hermeneutical approaches to social, religious or political issues, and the methods and instruments employed for the exploration and conservation of the archaeological remains have shaped the dynamic trajectory of this discipline for more than a century. In March 2011 – exactly 111 years after the beginning of Evans’s work at Knossos – a conference on Minoan Archaeology took place at Heidelberg with the aim to outline current trends and prospects of this scientific field, by setting up an open dialogue between renowned scholars and the young generation of researchers.

The present volume brings together most of the papers presented during the conference. They are subsumed under six chapters highlighting current key issues in the study of Bronze Age Crete with a pronounced focus on the broad subject of society.


Preface and Acknowledgements [iii]

Sarah Cappel, Ute Günkel-Maschek & Diamantis Panagiotopoulos, “Minoan Archaeology”: The Heidelberg Conference Between Past and Future [v]

Conference Programme [ix]

Dealing with “Minoan”: 111 Years of Minoan archaeology

Nektarios Karadimas, The Unknown Past of Minoan Archaeology: From the Renaissance Until the Arrival of Sir Arthur Evans in Crete [3-15] PDF

Yannis Galanakis, Exhibiting the Minoan Past: From Oxford to Knossos [17-34]

Data in Progress: Exploring the Cretan Land- and Cityscape

Konstantinos Chalikias, Chryssi Island: New Evidence on the Bronze Age Settlement Patterns of the Ierapetra Area [37-51] PDF

Antonia Stamos, Making the Invisible Visible: Ground Penetrating Radar at Papadiokampos, Crete [53-60]

Sylviane Déderix, Capturing the Dynamics of the Minoan Mortuary Space in South Central Crete [61-75]

D. Matthew Buell, Minoan Cityscapes: Urban Planning in Neopalatial Crete [77-91]

Let’s Come Together: Places and Spaces of Social and Ritual Interaction

Giorgia Baldacci, The Places and the Role of Consumption in MM II Phaistos [95-108]

Kathrin Müller, Defining Minoan “Cult Rooms”: Past and Present Approaches to the Archaeology of Cult [109-124]

Mark S. Peters, Between the Physical and Metaphysical: Exploring Aspects of Communication in the Temple Tomb at Knossos [125-134]

Panagiota A. Pantou, (De)Constructing Identities Through Architecture in LM III Crete [135-146]

Peer Pressure: Social Structures from a “Minoan” Perspective

Jan Driessen, For an Archaeology of Minoan Society. Identifying the Principles of Social Structure [149-166]

Steven T. Karacic, All Aboard: The Longboat and a Heterarchical Interpretation of the Mochlos Cemetery [167-180]

Maria Mina, Social Complexity and Gender Inequality in Prepalatial Crete: An Argument of Reason or a Reason for Argument? [181-198] PDF

Emily S.K. Anderson, Connecting with Selves and Others: Varieties of Community-Making across Late Prepalatial Crete [199-211]

Argyro Nafplioti, Social Variation in Middle Bronze Age Knossos: Palaeodietary Evidence [213-221]

Emmanouela Apostolaki, On the Household Structure of Neopalatial Society [223-239]

Maud Devolder, Manpower and Neopalatial Architecture: The Architectural Project as a Meaningful Experience [241-252] PDF

Be(hav)ing “Minoan”: Negotiating Life and Death through Practice and Performance

Ilaria Caloi, Recreating the Past: Using Tholos Tombs in Protopalatial Mesara [255-266] PDF

Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw, The Body Brand and Minoan Zonation [267-282] PDF

Katy Soar, Cultural Performances at the Beginning of the Bronze Age: Early Minoan I and II Cemeteries as Stages for Performance [283-297] PDF

Maria Chountasi, Performance Theory in Minoan Rituals and the Ambiguity of Minoan Symbols [299-310]

Céline Murphy, (A) Choreographed Frenzy: A Sequence of Steps Towards Understanding Movement and Dance in Aegean Bronze Age Iconography [311-318] PDF

Katarzyna Zeman-Wisniewska, A Portable Goddess: On Performative and Experiental Aspects of Figures and Figurines [319-326] PDF

“Minoan” Material Entanglements: Documenting and Interpreting “Minoan” (?) Craftsmanship

Carl Knappett, Minoan Pottery: From Materials to Materiality [329-340]

Sebastian Traunmüller, Pots and Potters: Thoughts on Ceramic Technology and the Craftsmen behind the Product [341-353]

Constance von Rüden, Transmediterranean Knowledge and Minoan Style Reliefs in Tell el Dabca: An Attempt at Paradigm Shift [355-365] PDF

Iro Mathioudaki, Minoan Archaeology: The Pretence of Being Through Perception, Retention and Recollection [367-374] PDF

Closing Remarks

Peter Warren, Formulating Minoan Research in the 21st Century [377-379]

List of Contributors [381]


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