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Labyrinth Revisited

"Minoan" Crete is one of the most intensively investigated archaeological cultures in the world. It is a Bronze Age Aegean society, but it has been intimately connected with the Classical Greek myth of King Minos and his Labyrinth since Sir Arthur Evans excavated and restored (some would say "rebuilt") the important site of Knossos, more than a century ago. Yet many archaeological interpretations of this culture are still largely traditional in focus and often anachronistic. This collection of papers, challenges and re-examines many conventional and established versions of "Minoan" history. How have modern preconceptions and socio-political developments shaped archaeological interpretations of "Minoan" society? What were the gender roles and attitudes of the inhabitants of Bronze Age Crete? How can data such as the puzzling architecture, the wall-paintings, the elaborate pots, the landscape and the way it is perceived by humans, help us understand the nature and the negotiations of power and the role of the so-called palaces? These are just some of the questions that this book addresses, considering "Minoan" culture from a variety of interpretative angles, and situating "Minoan" archaeology in the mainstream of archaeological thinking and practice.
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What Future for the 'Minoan' Past? Re-thinking Minoan Archaeology (Yannis Hamilakis) Archaeology as Museology: Re-thinking the Minoan Past (Donald Preziosi) Virtual Discourse: Arthur Evans and the Reconstructions of the Minoan Palace at Knossos (Louise Hitchcock and Paul Koudounaris) Cretan Questions: Politics and Archaeology 1898-1913 (John C McEnroe) Palaces with Faces in Protopalatial Crete: Looking for the People in the First Minoan States (Marianna Nikolaidou) Gender and the Figurative Art of Late Bronze Age Knossos (Benjamin Alberti) Integration and Complexity in the Late Pre-Palatial Period: A View from the Countryside in Eastern Crete (D C Haggis) Landscapes of Memory, Craft and Power in Pre-Palatial and Proto-Palatial Knossos (Peter M Day and David E Wilson) Mind the Gap: Between Pots and Politics in Minoan Studies (Carl Knappett) Pottery as a Barometer of Economic Change: From the Protopalatial to the Neopalatial Society in Central Crete (Aleydis Van de Moortel) Millennial Ambiguities (John Bennet)



This book is a critical and topical reappraisal of the field' -- N James Antiquity, Vol. 76, 2002 a must for all archaeology students and scholars in the field' -- Ilse Schoep L'Antiquite Classique, 2007

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