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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

The Body Brand and Minoan Zonation*

Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw

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The human body abounds in the Minoan excavation record, from seals to frescoes to figurines to human remains. Nevertheless, it is usually approached mainly as an art object or as a collection of bones, and occupies the interpretational margins of Minoan archaeology, with the exception of its role in religion or society. Few luminous exceptions have attempted to go beyond such constraints, into thematic territories such as gender and embodiment.
This paper, based on the author’s current research, advocates an integrated approach to the human body in the Cretan Bronze Age. According to this, the combination of diverse somatic datasets can reveal very interesting and hitherto neglected social and other patterns. One such pattern, presented here, regards the role of the human body in the construction of geographical and perhaps social zones. In effect, a new way of looking at the human body in Minoan Crete is proposed by using specific examples.


Research on the human body beyo...

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