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Minoan Archaeology

Sarah Cappel
Ute Günkel-Maschek
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

Be(hav)ing “Minoan”: Negotiating Life and Death Through Practice and Performance

Recreating the Past

Using Tholos Tombs in Protopalatial Mesara*

Ilaria Caloi

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New results from the investigations I carried out during the last few years on ceramic material coming from one of the most important tholos tombs built in Protopalatial times (MM IB–MM IIB), namely the main tomb of Kamilari cemetery, have been crucial in understanding the chronology and function of those Mesara tholos tombs, which have yielded MM I–II ceramic. Despite the fact that it is widely agreed that the phenomenon of the Mesara tholos tombs continued from Prepalatial through Protopalatial times, several significant questions have so far remained unanswered: Which tombs were built in the Protopalatial period? Were these tombs used or re-used in the Protopalatial period for burials or for non-funerary rituals, which were mainly connected to ancestor worship? This paper aims at addressing these questions, focusing on ritual aspects of Protopalatial tholos tombs.

It is generally assumed that in the Protopalatial period many tholos tombs of the Mesara plain (South-Central Crete) c...

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