The workshops and working areas of Minoan Crete : the evidence of the palace and town of Zakros for a comparative study
This dissertation attempts to approach the problem
of function and organization of Minoan work places. The
study and detailed presentation of the relevant material
originating from the palatial complex of Zakros aims at
presenting as clear a picture as possible of the work
areas in one of the most important Minoan centres during
the Late Bronze Age.
In the Introduction, a short definition of the term
'Minoan workshops' is given and the object of this study
is presented. The method of approach of the material from
Zakros is selected and the limits of the present study are
Chapter II contains a short criticism on the existing
bibliography and criteria for identifying work places are
sought and classified on the basis of the type of production.
Chapter III presents the Zakros workshops. Part I
presents the material, Part II contains descriptions and
evaluations of each work place.
Chapter IV contains comparative material - other
Minoan workshops more or less contemporary as well as some
Mycenaean and Aegean ones.
The last chapter consists of a discussion of the
workmen's socio-economic position, the work places' features
and their organization as shown by their location, architectural
form and their contents.