The Politics of Storage: Storage and Sociopolitical Complexity in Neopalatial Crete [eBook (PDF)]

Kostandinos S. Christakis (Author)

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ISBN: 9781623030124 | Published by: INSTAP Academic Press (Institute for Aegean Prehistory) | Series: Prehistory Monographs | Volume: 25 | Year of Publication: 2008 | Language: English 185p,

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The Politics of Storage



The storage of staples and its importance for the functioning of Cretan Bronze Age society has become an active topic of debate. This study reassesses the intrinsic relationship between storage and sociopolitical complexity by combining testimonies on the storage of staples from palatial, nonpalatial elite, and ordinary domestic contexts dated to the LM I period. The main goals are (1) to examine a wide range of information concerned with the storage of staples; (2) to develop a comprehensive model to explain how storage strategies operate within LM I societies; and (3) to infer sociopolitical and socio-economic levels of interaction among the different social sectors operating within LM I societies (mainly LM IB societies).

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"The Politics of Storage: Storage and Sociopolitical Complexity in Neopalatial Crete, offers a thorough evaluation and analysis of the role pithoi and storage in Neopalatial Crete...This analysis offers a number of new insights into the workings of the Neopalatial economy, and even its demise.'"

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