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Minoan Archaeology

Sarah Cappel
Ute Günkel-Maschek
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

Peer Pressure: Social Structures from a “Minoan” Perspective

On the Household Structure of Neopalatial Society

Emmanouela Apostolaki

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Although socio-political organization has been a principal topic in the history of Cretan Bronze Age research, its direct relation to the basic unit of society, i.e. the household, has been hitherto disregarded. Focusing on the Neopalatial period, this paper discusses the theories proposed in recent studies, which nevertheless employed evidence from domestic contexts to explore social organization in different regions of the island. The paper reviews the relevant evidence and re-addresses the issue using anthropological and historical examples, providing at the same time a methodological framework for the reconstruction of the household form and for its employment in defining social structure in prehistory.
It is suggested that considerable variability may have characterized household structure in Neopalatial Crete and that the complexity involved in it calls for a more thorough analysis of the basic social unit along with more work at the regional and inter-regional levels. It is on...

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