Knossos and the Near East : a contextual approach to imports and imitations in Early Iron Age tombs / Vyron Antoniadis.

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  • Oxford : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, [2017]
  • ©2017
xi, 168 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm.


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In this book, Dr Vyron Antoniadis presents a contextual study of the Near Eastern imports which reached Crete during the Early Iron Age and were deposited in the Knossian tombs. Cyprus, Phoenicia, North Syria and Egypt are the places of origin of these imports. Knossian workshops produced close or freer imitations of these objects. The present study reveals the ways in which imported commodities were used to create or enhance social identity in the Knossian context. The author explores the reasons that made Knossians deposit imported objects in their graves as well as investigates whether specific groups could control not only the access to these objects but also the production of their imitations. Dr Antoniadis argues that the extensive use of locally produced imitations alongside authentic imports in burial rituals and contexts indicates that Knossians treated both imports and imitations as items of the same symbolic and economic value.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: i. Contextual Analyses vs. Empirical Accounts -- ii. Aim and Method -- iii. General Remarks on Knossos -- ch. 1 Death and her Objects: Theoretical Approaches -- i. Interpreting the Mortuary Evidence -- ii. Funeral Rites: Cremation or Inhumation? -- iii. Imports, Imitations and Numbers -- iv. The Problem of Names: Implications on Chronology and Terminology -- ch. 2 Would you like your tomb with or without dromos? Tombs and Society in EIA Knossos -- i. Tomb Typology -- ii. History of Discoveries and Spatial Distribution of Tombs and Cemeteries -- iii. Funerary Rites and Rituals in Knossian Context -- iv. Who Used the Cemeteries? -- v. EIA Cemeteries and BA Tradition -- vi. Additional Archaeological Evidence -- a. From the BA palace to the EIA settlement -- b. Cult activity -- vii. Conclusion -- ch. 3 The Near Eastern Connection: The Finds and their Contexts -- i. Revisiting the Evidence -- ii. The Catalogue -- ch. 4 Who gets the Imports and who the Imitations? -- i. First-level Analysis: The Finds -- a. Provenance of the objects catalogued as imports -- b. Provenance of the objects catalogued as imports or local imitations -- c. The significance of the imitations in relation to their prototypes: the pottery factor -- ii. Second-Level Analysis: Imports, Imitations and Society -- iii. Cluster Analysis -- iv. Conclusion.
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