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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

Cultural Performances at the Beginning of the Bronze Age

Early Minoan I and II Cemeteries as Stages for Performance

Katy Soar

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This paper presents a performative approach to space and the built environment, arguing that performance is an underused yet informative tool which can aid us in understanding more subtle and nuanced areas of archaeology, such as ideology, ritual and social constructs. A discussion of the usefulness of this approach is followed by a case-study from the cemetery sites of Early Bronze Age Crete.
Cemeteries are ideal areas to examine as sites of performance. Performances within the mortuary sphere are common occurrences, and cemeteries are often regarded as arenas for social and cultural interaction for the community of the living.
This is especially prevalent in an analysis of Early Bronze Age Crete, where cemeteries are the primary architectural evidence, suggesting an investiture in the spaces of the dead not accorded to those of the living. House Tombs were the prevalent burial custom of north-eastern Crete, while circular tholos tombs were common in the south-central region. The soc...


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