This book assesses what we really know about the Minoans' life and times, defining the essential characteristics of a distinctive Cretan culture and setting this within its contemporary historical context which included not only Greece but the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt. The author discusses the major themes of daily life such as social and economic organization, agriculture, architecture and religion, drawing upon the latest archaeological research including examples of Linear B and the evidence of recent excavations to paint a broad chronological picture of a fascinating and important culture. J. Lesley Fitton is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Greek Roman Antiquities in the British Museum.
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Geography Landscape and Chronology
Crete Before the Palaces
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Aegean Akrotiri Anemospilia archaeological Archanes architectural Ayia Triadha building bull burials caves cemetery Central Court centre certainly Chania chronology clay complex Cretan cult culture Cycladic decorated deity destruction double-axes Early Bronze Age Early Minoan east Egypt Egyptian eruption Evans evidence example excavated figures figurines Final Palace frescoes goddess gold Gournia Herakleion houses Ierapetra important included island J. L. Fitton jewellery Kamares Knossos Linear LM IA LM IB Mallia material Mesara Plain Minoan art Minoan Crete Minoan palaces Minoan period Minoan pottery Minos Mochlos Mount Juktas Mycenaean Neolithic neopalatial period Nonetheless painted palace at Knossos Palaikastro palatial particularly peak sanctuaries perhaps Phaistos pithoi prepalatial preserved probably protopalatial period remains rhyton ritual rooms seal-stones seals Second Palace period seems settlement shrine side Siteia sometimes stone storage store-rooms suggested survive tablets Thera Thera eruption tholos tombs town vases vessels walls West Court Zakros Zeus