Knossos and the Near East: A contextual approach to imports and imitations in Early Iron Age tombs

Knossos and the Near East: A contextual approach to imports and imitations in Early Iron Age tombs

by Vyron Antoniadis

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784916404
Publisher: Archaeopress Archaeology
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Introduction

Chapter 1: Death and her Objects: Theoretical Approaches

Chapter 2: Would you like your tomb with or without dromos? Tombs and Society in EIA Knossos

Chapter 3: The Near Eastern Connection: The Finds and their Contexts

Chapter 4: Who gets the Imports and who the Imitations?

Conclusion: An Overview of the Knossian Early Iron Age Society

Appendix I: The Tombs and the Burials

Appendix II: Imports and Imitations

Bibliography

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