Escaping the Labyrinth: The Cretan Neolithic in Context by Valasia Isaakidou, P. Tomkins

By Valasia Isaakidou, P. Tomkins

Underneath the Bronze Age 'Palace of Minos', Neolithic Knossos is one of many earliest recognized farming settlements in Europe and possibly the longest-lived. For 3000 years, Neolithic Knossos used to be additionally maybe one in all only a few settlements on Crete and, for far of this time, maintained a particular fabric tradition. This quantity greatly complements realizing of the vital, yet hitherto little recognized, Neolithic cost and tradition of Crete. 13 papers, from the 10th Sheffield Aegean around desk in January 2006, discover features of the Cretan Neolithic: the result of contemporary re-analysis of a variety of our bodies of fabric from J.D. Evans' excavations at EN-FN Knossos; and new insights into the Cretan past due and ultimate Neolithic and the contentious belated colonisation of the remainder of island, drawing on either new and previous fieldwork. Papers within the first crew learn the idiosyncratic Knossian ceramic chronology (P. Tomkins), human collectible figurines from a gender point of view (M. Mina), funerary practices (S. Triantaphyllou), chipped stone expertise (J. Conolly), land and-use and its social implications (V. Isaakidou). these within the moment staff, current a re-study of LN Katsambas (N. Galanidou and okay. Mandeli), facts for later Neolithic exploration of japanese Crete (T. Strasser), rite and intake at past due ultimate Neolithic Phaistos (S. Todaro and S. Di Tonto), ultimate Neolithic payment styles (K. Nowicki), the transition to the Early Bronze Age at Kephala Petra (Y. Papadatos), and a severe appraisal of ultimate Neolithic 'marginal colonisation' (P. Halstead). In end, C. Broodbank locations the Cretan Neolithic inside of its wider Mediterranean context and J.D. Evans presents an autobiographical account of a life of insular Neolithic exploration.

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The volume begins with a series of papers whose point of departure is Neolithic material from Knossos. That so much that is new can be done with this material is testimony to the excellence of the excavations directed by John Evans. In the first of the Knossos papers, he recounts the journey that brought him to Crete and recalls the environment within which the excavations took place. Peter Tomkins then explores the temporal and spatial frameworks within which the Cretan Neolithic has been conceptualised and argues that recent improvements in chronological resolution transform our understanding of developments both at Knossos and in the wider Cretan Neolithic landscape.

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Oddly enough, though, one of the first books I bought during this time in Cambridge was Pendlebury’s Archaeology of Crete, which I found on a shelf at Heffers’ bookshop. I had at that time no idea that he had also been an undergraduate at Pembroke in the 1920s! It was not until 1947 that I returned to finish Part 1 of the English Tripos. During that year I discovered that you could do Part 2 of the Archaeology and Anthropology Tripos without having previously done Part 1, so I applied to make the change, was accepted by the then Disney Professor Dorothy Garrod, and at the end of the year did well enough to be offered the opportunity to go on to postgraduate work.

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