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Minoan Archaeology

Sarah Cappel
Ute Günkel-Maschek
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

Let's Come Together: Places and Spaces of Social and Ritual Interaction

Defining Minoan “Cult Rooms”

Past and Present Approaches to the Archaeology of Cult*

Kathrin Müller

In memory of Veit Stürmer (1957–2013)

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Recognizing and identifying “cult rooms” in Minoan Crete has long been a field of research in Bronze Age Archaeology. The exact definition of a room as “cultic” has often only been based on a presumed cultic symbolism of a few objects found within a room, whereas the further scientific foundation of this interpretation has been neglected. Since the time of Sir A. Evans who labelled many of the rooms he found as “cultic” or “religious”, various other investigators have tried to contribute to the topic, drawing mainly on Evans’ and later M.P. Nilsson’s investigations. This article questions these traditional approaches and begins by outlining their principal ideas and inherent basis, i.e. Evans’ concept of Minoan Religion. Some other aspects are then presented in order to improve the traditional ways of identifying “cult rooms”.
To this end, five general criteria will be discussed which are important for identifying a “cult room”, i.e. a room that is involved in the performance of cult...

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