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Minoan Archaeology

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Sarah Cappel
, 
Ute Günkel-Maschek
, 
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

Peer Pressure: Social Structures from a “Minoan” Perspective

Manpower and Neopalatial Architecture

The Architectural Project as a Meaningful Experience

Maud Devolder

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The built environment of Neopalatial Crete is considered here through the manpower implicated in its production. This approach is based on a quantitative method of estimating the time needed to build a structure. It relies on standard costs empirically established through experiments, observations and accounts of large building sites. The volumes of materials of a selection of Neopalatial buildings which offer a sufficient degree of architectural precision are estimated, to which standard costs are hence applied. Based on such application, the strong polarisation between the costs of Neopalatial simple and complex buildings is obvious, but more pertinently the relationship between the potential workforce and the costs of simple or vernacular architecture reaffirms the involvement of the inhabitants in the construction of their own homes. This statement makes it possible to explore the size of a Neopalatial social unit associated with vernacular architecture. Complex or “polite” arch...

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