From the Foundations to the Legacy of Minoan Archaeology: Studies in Honour of Professor Keith Branigan [Paperback]

Maria Relaki (Editor); Yiannis Papadatos (Editor)

ISBN: 9781785709265 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology | Volume: 12 | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 342p, H240 x W170 (mm) b/w

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From the Foundations to the Legacy of Minoan Archaeology


From the Foundations to the Legacy of Minoan Archaeology provides a range of new approaches to key issues in Minoan archaeology, inspired by Professor Keith Branigan’s long-standing contribution to the archaeology of Bronze Age Crete. From the way in which the developmental trajectory of a single site can offer insights into regional patterns, to the importance of integrating local survey information in reconstructing generalhistorical processes and the significance of temporal variability in the construction of space, contributors evaluate the general frameworks within which Minoan archaeology operates, assess the usefulness of chronological horizons in understanding continuity and change and provide a critical framework for the diachronic analysis of culture, how the study of settlement patterns can reveal structural continuity through time and the political reach of territorial states. Articles focus on the way the power bases of Minoan society were articulated through the interplay between individual and collective social strategies, further illustrated by in-depth considerations of the role and value of material culture from a social and technological perspective. The largest portion of discussion is devoted to mortuary practices, reassessing the significance of micropatterns in the articulation of mortuary behaviour, while also emphasizing broader temporal and spatial processes that affect practices of ostentatious display in burial, critically evaluated by recent osteoarchaeological studies throwing light on mortuary ritual and the constitution of the social units using the cemeteries. The volume is offered in honour of Professor Branigan, as a reflection of his influence in shaping our current understanding of Minoan society.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. Peter Warren   Keith Branigan: Introductory.
2. Maria Relaki   Roots and routes: Technologies of life, death, community and identity.
3. Peter Tomkins   Inspecting the Foundations: The Early Minoan Project in review.
4. Gerald Cadogan Early Minoan Knossos: a few new thoughts.
5. Philip P. Betancourt  Caves in Crete and their use as architectural space.
6. Yiannis Papadatos  Mortuary variability, social differentiation and ranking in Prepalatial Crete: the evidence from the cemetery at Phourni, Archanes.
7. Luca Girella  Variables and diachronic diversities in the funerary remains of the Kamilari Tholos tombs.
8. Sevi Triantaphyllou Managing with death in Prepalatial Crete: the evidence of the human remains.
9. Ilse Schoep  The House Tomb in context: Assessing mortuary behaviour in NE Crete.
10. Eleni Hatzaki  Visible and invisible death. Shifting patterns in the burial customs of Bronze Age Crete.
11. Todd Whitelaw Recognising polities in prehistoric Crete.
12. Donald C. Haggis The relevance of survey data as evidence for settlement structure in Prepalatial Crete.
13. Andonis Vasilakis and Kostas Sbonias,   Comparative issues in archaeological field survey in the Asterousia region.
14. Jan Driessen Beyond the collective… The Minoan Palace in action.
15. Yannis Hamilakis  The emergence of the individual revisited.

Reviews & Quotes

"Overall, then, this book provides a fine introduction to the very lively and often innovative work that is being carried out in the study of the beginnings of Minoan civilisation. While strengthening the case for the communal nature of Minoan society, it also presents evidence for patterns of social differentiation deep into the Prepalatial past, and encourages the development of interpretations that allow for a considerable degree of regional variation, but also for the growing homogeneity detectable in the palatial periods."
John Bintliff
Journal of Greek Archaeology (29/12/2020)

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