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Minoan Archaeology

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Sarah Cappel
, 
Ute Günkel-Maschek
, 
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

Data in Progress: Exploring the Cretan Land- and Cityscape

Minoan Cityscapes

Urban Planning in Neopalatial Crete*

D. Matthew Buell

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Scholars have often suggested that Minoan settlements were informally organized. This paper, however, employs Smith’s method for examining degrees of urban-planning, which includes an assessment of a coordination of buildings and spaces and standardization within a number of contemporary settlements, to show that some parts of Minoan settlements were highly planned.
Moreover, it appears as though planned elements of Minoan settlements were often instituted with the specific goals of displaying the wealth and power of central authorities as well as building and promoting community identity.

Introduction

In this paper, I apply Smith’s comparative model for assessing the nature of urban-planning in ancient societies to Minoan Crete.1 I have chosen to do so because Smith’s model provides a holistic approach to examining ancient urban-planning wherein all features of the settlement are considered. Perhaps the most useful facet of this model is that it offers a suitable framework for underst...

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