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Minoan Archaeology

Sarah Cappel
Ute Günkel-Maschek
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

“Minoan” Material Entanglements: Documenting and Interpreting “Minoan” (?) Craftsmanship

Minoan Archaeology

The Pretence of Being Through Perception, Retention and Recollection*

Iro Mathioudaki

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Minoan Archaeology has been at the centre of Aegean Studies from its beginning as a discipline. Several studies have focused on its use as a defining aspect of the Greek identity and its impact on the broader cultural spectrum of Mediterranean studies. In this paper the author would like to view Minoan Archaeology through the eyes of a specialized archaeologist, who is dealing with the field on a more practical level. Through studying Knossian pottery with experts the author realized how important it was to look at a site “from inside out” and thus gradually developed an informative system based on process, defined as a step-by-step procedure of analyzing archaeological data. Despite this multi-level approach the focus stays on pottery typology, accompanied by quantitative methods and statistics which take into consideration all the available data, primary as well as published material. When dealing with the latter, we should bear in mind that data from published material comes to u...

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