Friday 16 June 2006

Eleni Hatzaki
British School at Athens

The Temple Tomb within the context of Palatial and Postpalatial Knossos and Crete

This paper summarizes the results of a project aimed to publish this unique Neopalatial building, located just beyond the town of Bronze Age Knossos – Crete, which was excavated in the 1930s by Arthur Evans and John Pendlebury. The building’s location, its architectural form, its artefactual datasets (unfortunately only sparse bio-archaeological material survives) constitute a set of material that contribute to the discussion of the following topics, in a broader temporal and diachronic context:
• The experience of monumental funerary architecture and its diachronic relationship to urban, and other mortuary, landscapes.
• The assimilation of elite architectural vocabulary beyond urban and domestic contexts.
• Funerary ritual behaviour and material culture (the role of architecture and pottery in particular).
• Continuity and change in funerary ritual practices and their relationship to the social structures of Neopalatial, Final Palatial and Postpalatial Knossos (1600-1300 BC).


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Friday 12 May 18.30

M. Marthari
Raos on Thera...