Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment [Hardback]

Quentin Letesson (Editor); Carl Knappett (Editor)

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ISBN: 9780198793625 | Published by: Oxford University Press | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 416p,

Minoan Architecture and Urbanism: New Perspectives on an Ancient Built Environment


Minoan Crete is rightly famous for its idiosyncratic architecture, as well as its palaces and towns such as Knossos, Malia, Gournia, and Palaikastro. Indeed, these are often described as the first urban settlements of Bronze Age Europe. However, we still know relatively little about the dynamics of these early urban centres. How did they work? What role did the palaces have in their towns, and the towns in their landscapes? It might seem that with such richly documented architectural remains these questions would have been answered long ago. Yet, analysis has mostly found itself confined to building materials and techniques, basic formal descriptions, and functional evaluations. Critical evaluation of these data as constituting a dynamic built environment has thus been slow in coming. This volume aims to provide a first step in this direction. It brings together international scholars whose research focuses on Minoan architecture and urbanism as well as on theory and methods in spatial analyses. By combining methodological contributions with detailed case studies across the different scales of buildings, settlements and regions, the volume proposes a new analytical and interpretive framework for addressing the complex dynamics of the Minoan built environment.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction: Minoan Built Environment: Past Studies, Recent Perspectives, and Future Challenges, Quentin Letesson and Carl Knappett
Part I
2: Architecture: Building Dynamics at the Micro-Scale, Quentin Letesson and Carl Knappett
3: Best Laid Plans: An Archaeology of Architectural Anomalies in Bronze Age Crete, Tim Cunningham
4: Architectural Energetics and Late Bronze Age Cretan Architecture: Measuring the Scale of Minoan Building Projects, Maud Devolder
5: Understanding Minoan in-House Relationships on Late Bronze Age Crete, Jan Driessen
Part II
6: Urbanism: Built Space and Communities at the Meso-scale, Quentin Letesson and Carl Knappett
7: The Development and Character of Urban Communities in Prehistoric Crete in their Regional Context: A Preliminary Study, Todd Whitelaw
8: Minoan Group Design: The 'View from the Bridge', Clairy Palyvou
9: Community Building/Building Community at Gournia, D. Matthew Buell and John McEnroe
10: The Middle Minoan Slipway for Ships at the Kommos Harbour, and Harbour Development in Prehistoric Crete, Joseph W. Shaw
Part III
11: Processes AndPatterns at the Macro-Scale: Crete and Beyond, Quentin Letesson and Carl Knappett
12: Computational Approaches to Minoan Settlement Interaction and Growth, Eleftheria Paliou and Andrew Bevan
13: Lost in Translation: Settlement Organization in Postpalatial Crete, a View from the East, Louise A. Hitchcock and Aren M. Maeir
14: Dining on the Fringe? A Possible Minoan-Style Banquet Hall at Ayia Irini, Kea and the Minoanisation of the Aegean Islands, Rodney D. Fitzsimons
15: A Comparative Perspective on Minoan Urbanism, Quentin Letesson, Carl Knappett, and Michael E. Smith

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