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Title: A contextual study of Late Minoan III larnax burials
Author: Catania, Angela Marzia
ISNI:       0000 0004 7651 8287
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis analyses the published evidence from larnax burials of Late Bronze Age Crete focusing on contextual elements that characterise their adoption through an examination of their regional distributional patterns. Larnakes are burial receptacles made of clay and they were used in Crete and mainland Greece from the 3rd and throughout most of 2nd millennium B.C. This type of clay coffin represents one of several interment types adopted in Crete during the Late Minoan III period. Studies of larnakes have focused mainly on their origin and iconography, whereas their distribution and function as burial containers have never adequately been explored and examined. In this study, data from secure larnax burials containing larnakes (cemeteries, tombs, skeletal remains, grave goods assemblages, larnakes themselves) are considered and this evidence is examined on the basis of regional distribution. The purpose of the present thesis is to understand the degree to which the adoption of larnakes as burial receptacles represented "meaningful action" within the funerary landscape of LM III Crete. The examination of regional and chronological distribution of burials with larnakes allows us to observe where and when larnakes were adopted and to identify the general trends and variations that characterise their use in LM III tombs. The results show that, besides the idea of larnakes as common burial receptacles adopted in LM III burials, the panorama of the funerary arena of LM III Crete is more complex. The conclusion of the present study is that, even though larnax receptacles were generally widespread, the choice of a larnax as an interment method was one that was deliberately made by certain sectors of the Cretan elite and represented a medium used for status advertisement and to express distinctive identities adapted to the needs and customs of local Cretan communities.
Supervisor: Bennet, John ; Sherratt, Sue Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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