Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2018

1 April 2019

Seals, Sealings and Seal Impressions from Akrotiri in Thera

Artemis Karnava

Seals, Sealings and Seal Impressions from Akrotiri in Thera

City: Heidelberg

Year: 2018

Publisher: CMS Heidelberg

Series: CMS Beiheft 10

Description: Hardback, 402 p., 122 b/w figures


The monograph contains the primary publication of the seals (S1–S16), sealings (N1–N75) and stamped objects (I1–I3) retrieved at the Bronze Age site of Akrotiri in Thera. Their contexts date from the MC A period, which corresponds roughly to the Cretan MM I period (at the turn of the third to the second millennium BC), until the final volcanic destruction phase that occurred at a mature phase of LC/LM IA (1623/1530 BC). The majority of the objects examined had been manufactured in Minoan Crete and were imported to Akrotiri as readymade items.

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Foreword by the series editors [ix]

Foreword by the director of the excavation [xi]

Acknowledgements [xii]

General abbreviations [xv]

Chronological table [xvi]

Map of findspots, Akrotiri [xvii]


Introduction [1]


CHAPTER 1: The seals [5]

The contexts: sixteen seals, fourteen findspots [8]

The shapes: from pendant seals to lentoids [49]

The materials: clay and stone [59]

The iconography: Minoan vs. Cycladic [61]

Discussion: seals as a foreign body at Akrotiri [72]


CHAPTER 2: The impressed nodules [81]

The contexts: d18 and an open-air space [83]

Functional traits of the Akrotiri nodules [99]

The iconography: the highlights of Minoan glyptic [115]

Discussion: Minoan sealings at Akrotiri [143]


CHAPTER 3: The impressed objects [155]

The contexts: room d4 and open-air spaces [156]

The stamped objects: two loomweights and a pithos rim [162]

The iconography: three unique motifs [169]

Discussion: random stamping at Akrotiri [172]


CHAPTER 4: Some aspects of Minoan Neopalatial administration [177]

History of research [177]

Stamping patterns among the Akrotiri flat-based nodules [194]

The potential importance of seals as stamping agents [210]

Concluding remarks [215]

The information we are missing [215]

Where are the women? [217]

The seals and the impressed objects [219]

The impressed nodules [224]

The Minoan Neopalatial administrative system [230]

Parallelisms to the Minoan Neopalatial administrative system [231]

And some thoughts on the Minoan Thalassocracy [236]


Catalogue [239]

Bibliography [337]

Abstract (English, Greek, German) [ 379]

List of figures [383]

Concordances [391]

Index [397]


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