Architecture of Minoan Crete: Constructing Identity in the by John C. McEnroe

By John C. McEnroe

Ever considering Sir Arthur Evans first excavated on the website of the Palace at Knossos within the early 20th century, students and viewers were interested in the structure of Bronze Age Crete. a lot of the charm comes from the geographical and historic specialty of the island. Equidistant from Europe, the center East, and Africa, Minoan Crete is at the moving conceptual border among East and West, and chronologically suspended among historical past and prehistory. during this culturally dynamic context, structure supplied greater than actual look after; it embodied which means. structure used to be a medium by which Minoans developed their notions of social, ethnic, and historic identification: the structures let us know approximately how the Minoans observed themselves, and the way they desired to be visible through others. structure of Minoan Crete is the 1st accomplished examine of the complete variety of Minoan architecture--including homes, palaces, tombs, and cities--from 7000 BC to 1100 BC. John C. McEnroe synthesizes the large literature on Minoan Crete, with specific emphasis at the very important discoveries of the previous 20 years, to supply an up to date account of Minoan structure. His available writing variety, skilful architectural drawings of homes and palaces, web site maps, and color photos make this e-book inviting for common readers and viewers to Crete, in addition to students.

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Beyond the door, the main room is preceded by a vestibule, often fitted with benches. Most of the other rooms are doorless spaces. If all of the rooms with hearths were used for more or less the same range of activities, as seems likely, it may be necessary to divide this building complex into more than three houses. For example, does Maison A have four main rooms? or does this group of rooms represent 3/2/10 3:44:34 PM E xperiments and Identit y in L ate Prepal atial Architecture 37 like a thick threshold.

Otherwise most of those interred were provided with essentially the same set of equipment, with no obvious distinctions of social status. 25 As in modern rural Greece, the burial process had three stages. After initial preparation in the village, the body was brought to the tomb and laid in the grave with a small number of objects: at this stage the corpse, still belong- 3/2/10 3:44:32 PM Architecture of Minoan Crete 28 ing to the world of the flesh, depended on material goods for survival. Outside the tomb, mourners shared food, drink, and conversation and began to adjust to the loss.

4. Plan. Oval House, Chamaizi. Based on Myers 1985, p. 22. Aghia Photia, Chamaizi, and Petras One of the strangest developments of this entire rather strange period was the establishment of a cluster of three defensible settlements in the area around modern Siteia. These sites, Aghia Photia, Chamaizi, and Petras, overlap in date and appear to constitute a unique regional phenomenon. The most interesting of the three is the fascinating site that M. Tsipopoulou excavated on the coast at Aghia Photia (fig.

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