By John C. McEnroe
Ever because Sir Arthur Evans first excavated on the website of the Palace at Knossos within the early 20th century, students and viewers were attracted to the structure of Bronze Age Crete. a lot of the charm comes from the geographical and old distinctiveness of the island. Equidistant from Europe, the center East, and Africa, Minoan Crete is at the transferring conceptual border among East and West, and chronologically suspended among heritage and prehistory. during this culturally dynamic context, structure supplied greater than actual protect; it embodied that means. structure was once a medium in which Minoans built their notions of social, ethnic, and historic identification: the constructions let us know approximately how the Minoans observed themselves, and the way they desired to be noticeable through others. structure of Minoan Crete is the 1st accomplished examine of the full variety of Minoan architecture--including homes, palaces, tombs, and cities--from 7000 BC to 1100 BC. John C. McEnroe synthesizes the giant literature on Minoan Crete, with specific emphasis at the vital discoveries of the prior 20 years, to supply an up to date account of Minoan structure. His available writing kind, skilful architectural drawings of homes and palaces, web site maps, and color pictures make this ebook inviting for normal readers and viewers to Crete, in addition to students.
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37 It is a social construction subject to variation and change, and it is often difficult to characterize. J. M. Hall points out that it is not a matter of genetics: DNA does not determine cultural characteristics. 38 Yet it can be defined. For Hall, an ethnic group must have one key characteristic: “Above all else . . 39 Actual descent matters much less than the self-defining mythic belief among a group of people that they have descended from a common origin. 40 Within that context, for example, what is foreign and what is native?
Atlantide Phototravel/CORBIS. Hall of Colonnades, Knossos. © Third Eye Images/CORBIS. Queen’s Megaron, Knossos. © Roger Wood/CORBIS. Grand Staircase, Knossos. © Roger Wood/CORBIS. Throne Room, Knossos. © Gail Mooney/CORBIS. Gournia from the east. Photo by author. 4 Architectural Experiments and Hierarchical Identity in Late Prepalatial Architecture ca. 2200–1900 BC he three-century period from 2200 to 1900 BC (EM III–MM IA) is often overlooked in Minoan archaeology. The unusual architecture of these centuries includes monumental tombs, fortifications, new construction techniques, and the development of a city whose extraordinary size was without precedent on Crete (fig.
However, in the southwest corner of the preserved section of the building, there is a monumental version of a kernos and a raised platform that Soles identifies as an altar like that of House Tomb II at Gournia. A series of rounded capping stones found scattered about the area may have belonged to a mud brick wall that framed the courtyard. Watrous has pointed out that the best parallel for this construction technique is from Egypt and suggests that the building resembles the corridor chapels associated with Egyptian mastabas.