Thursday 30 April 2009

Dimitris Matsas
Ministry of Culture, 19th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities

The Northeast Aegean and Minoan Crete in the Middle Bronze Age

The archaeological evidence from Mikro Vouni, Samothrace, apart from indicating the operation of a Minoan administrative system in the context of an emporium (administrative documents in clay, a weight, sealings with hieroglyphic signs, Linear A), also suggests a broader Minoan cultural presence, which can be identified both in religious ideology and in everyday life (domestic vases, weaving). Based on the above, we attempt a more general assessment of the Minoan and minoanizing finds in the NE Aegean and their dating, and we examine the way that Cretan Palaces worked in the area. Our conclusions are, however, provisional, and they need further support from future targeted excavations, particularly in the islands of Lemnos, Imvros and Samothrace.



Next Seminar

Friday 12 May 18.30

M. Marthari
Raos on Thera...