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Interpreting Cretan private and communal spaces (800-500 BC)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2007 (English)In: Building communities. House, settlement and society in the Aegean and beyond: Proceedings of a conference held at Cardiff University 17-21 April 2001, 2007, 149-155 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to present a model for interpreting the private and the communal on the basis of archaeological remains. The model will be applied to architecture at Cretan sites dating from the beginning of the eighth to the end of the sixth century BC. Scholars have lately paid more attention to this period, even though most of the sites were excavated a long time ago. It is however evident that Late Geometric and Early Archaic material from the island can potentially give us a picture of how different social aspects of living were expressed in built environments.

Private and communal features in architecture are here analysed from the outset from three perspectives: 1. usage, which concerns the notion of private and communal space; 2. form, i.e. planning and construction, which implies that certain architecture must have come into being only through communal efforts; 3. appearance of separate architectural structures, which could adhere to a larger group of people and thereby imply a communal or in some cases even a public meaning. The entire complex of human activities at archaeological sites must be studied in order to interpret how private and communal functions are expressed in the remains. The sites comprise various forms of settlements, cult-sites and burial-sites and an important aspect is their relationship to each other.

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2007. 149-155 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19353ISBN: 9780904887563OAI: diva2:185877
Building communities. House, settlement and society in the Aegean and beyond
Available from: 2007-11-06 Created: 2007-11-06 Last updated: 2011-07-12Bibliographically approved

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