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Author Anderson, Emily S. K., author

Title Seals, craft, and community in Bronze Age Crete / Emily S.K. Anderson (Johns Hopkins University)
Published New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016


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Contents 1. Rethinking prepalatial Crete : social innovation on an island of persistence -- 2. Identity and relation through early Cretan glyptic -- 3. Distance and nearness : fundamental changes to the dynamics of seal use in late prepalatial Crete -- 4. In the hands of the craftsperson : innovation and repetition across Cretan communities -- 5. The crafting of new social space : relation and incorporation in late prepalatial Crete -- Appendix: Presentation of subgroups
Summary "Generations of scholars have grappled with the origins of 'palace' society on Minoan Crete, seeking to explain when and how life on the island altered monumentally. Emily Anderson turns light on the moment just before the palaces, recognizing it as a remarkably vibrant phase of socio-cultural innovation. Exploring the role of craftspersons, travelers and powerful objects, she argues that social change resulted from creative work that forged connections at new scales and in novel ways. This study focuses on an extraordinary corpus of sealstones which have been excavated across Crete. Fashioned of imported ivory and engraved with images of dashing lions, these distinctive objects linked the identities of their distant owners. Anderson argues that it was the repeated but pioneering actions of such diverse figures, people and objects alike, that dramatically changed the shape of social life in the Aegean at the turn of the second millennium BCE"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Bronze age -- Greece -- Crete
Minoans -- Greece -- Crete
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Greece -- Crete
Material culture -- Greece -- Crete -- History -- To 1500
Seals (Numismatics) -- Greece -- Crete -- History -- To 1500
Artisans -- Greece -- Crete -- History -- To 1500
Community life -- Greece -- Crete -- History -- To 1500
Social change -- Greece -- Crete -- History -- To 1500
Social archaeology -- Greece -- Crete
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
HISTORY -- Ancient -- General.
Bronze age
Community life
Excavations (Archaeology)
Material culture
Seals (Numismatics)
Social archaeology
Social change
Crete (Greece) -- Antiquities.
Greece -- Crete
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781316840764