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Title: Social strategies and spatial dynamics in Neopalatial Crete : an analysis of the north-central region
Author: Adams, E.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2004
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Since Sir Arthur Evans began excavating at the ‘Palace of Minos’ at Knossos in 1900, Knossos has been perceived as the ideological, cultural, and political centre of the island. In this thesis, I examine the relationship between island-wide cultural homogeneity during the Neopalatial period (c. 1700-1450 BC) and the assumption of political unity under Knossos. The distribution patterns of ceremonial and economic activities are examined on both intra-site and regional levels, in order to highlight the diverse types of differentiation strategies adopted by the palatial, urban, and regional elites. The few studies that have examined Neopalatial regionalism concentrate on a single activity or type of data, such as administration or architecture. In order to produce a comprehensive and contextualised picture, I have compared the distribution patterns of many kinds of evidence, such as architectural elaboration, ‘ritual’ assemblages, the production and storage of luxury goods, the production and storage of staple goods, and administration. This north-central region was selected because it contains a wide variety of sites, including palatial sites (other than Knossos), further regional centres, smaller settlements, harbours, and ritual sites. By examining the degree to which the different kinds of data correlate, or not as the case may be, a more subtle comprehensive of the nature of the Minoan elites in this area has been achieved. In particular, the role of ritual in social strategies emerged as a key issue in my thesis. This thesis also acknowledges the growing recognition that the Neopalatial period should not be treated as a static entity, and the temporal dynamics within this area are explored. Finally, a key part of my thesis has been to consider the extant to which we are able to reconstruct social strategies with archaeological data. The quality, quantity, and diversity of the evidence in this case makes it an ideal testing ground.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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