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Minoan Archaeology

Sarah Cappel
Ute Günkel-Maschek
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

Peer Pressure: Social Structures from a “Minoan” Perspective

Connecting with Selves and Others

Varieties of Community-Making across Late Prepalatial Crete

Emily S.K. Anderson

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In this paper I use the lens of communities to reconsider the changing social dynamics of Late Prepalatial Crete. I argue that at this time communities were being formed and maintained at various scales, ranging from the local to the inter-regional, and that persons, material culture, and the physical landscape were all actively involved in this ongoing process. My focus is on a particular artifactual corpus from this period, the “Parading Lions” seal group, which powerfully exemplifies various aspects of how persons and social groups were developing old and innovative ways of comparing and connecting themselves to one another, both in realized and imagined forms of social relations. The seals and their impressions provided material and stylistic/iconographic means for expressing both social distinction and commonality in a variety of venues. The innovative varieties of social comparison and interconnection facilitated by the Parading Lions seals and impressions must, I argue, be em...

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