Twenty-five years after Colin Renfrew's seminal book, The Archaeology of Cult , was published, the study of ritual and religion in Crete remains one of the most vital and debated areas of research in Old World prehistory. For the present volume, 25 specialists in the archaeology of the island have been invited to bring the subject up to date. Their multivocalist discourse ranges in time from the Bronze to the Iron Age and includes, in five diverse sections, unpublished finds, theoretically-informed discussion of ritual behavior, and innovative reconstructions of sacred landscapes.
Anna Lucia D'Agata is Senior Research Fellow at the Istituto di Studi sulle CiviltO dell'Egeo e del Vicino Oriente of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome. Aleydis Van de Moortel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Tennessee. M B Richardson is Assistant Editor, Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum.
How Many Archaeologies of Cult? On Ritual and Cult in Crete in the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (Anna Lucia D'Agata); Part 1: Ritual and Religion. Gods in the House? Religious Rituals in the Settlements of South-Central Crete during the Prepalatial and Protopalatial Periods (Joanne Murphy); Structured Deposition as Ritual Action in the Middle and Late Bronze Age Palace at Knossos (Eleni Hatzaki); Special, Ritual, or Cultic: A Case Study from Malia (Pascal Darcque and Aleydis Van de Moortel); Tree Tugging and Omphalos Hugging on Minoan Gold Rings (John Younger); "Why All This about Oak or Stone?": Trees and Boulders in Minoan Religion (Lucy Goodison); Harvest Rites and Corn Dollies in the Bronze Age Aegean (Anaya Sarpaki). Part 2: Places of Cult. Cult Activity at Malia in the Protopalatial Period: A Review of the Archaeological Evidence (Jean-Claude Poursat); Does the Widespread Cult Activity at Palaikastro Call for a Special Explanation? (Timothy Cunningham and Hugh Sackett); Rethinking the Tomb of the Double Axes at Isopata, Knossos (Lucia Alberti); Domestic Shrines in LM IIIA2-LM IIIC Crete: Fact or Fiction? (Birgitta Hallager); Goddesses for gen? The Late Minoan IIIC Shrine at Halasmenos, Ierapetra: Its Implications for Sociopolitical Developments (Metaxia Tsipopoulou); Ritual Activity at Karphi: A Reappraisal (Leslie Preston Day); From Vronda to Dreros: Architecture and Display in Cretan Cult Buildings, 1200-700 B.C. (Nancy Klein and Kevin Glowacki). Part 3: Ritual Objects. Additions to the Corpus of Early Cretan Figurines: Was There a Nude Goddess in Early Minoan Crete? (Philip Betancourt); Configuring the Individual: Bodies of Figurines in Minoan Crete (Christine Morris); A Neopalatial Shrine Model from the Minoan Peak Sanctuary at Gournos Krousonas (George Rethemiotakis); Tubular Stands in Neopalatial Crete (Gerald Cadogan); Does Size Matter? Miniature Pottery Vessels in Minoan Peak Sanctuaries: The Case of Ayios Yeoryios sto Vouno on Kythera (Iphiyenia Tournavitou); The Survival of the "Goddess with Upraised Arms": Early Iron Age Representations and Contexts (Mieke Prent). Part 4: Sacred Landscapes. Environmental Change and Minoan Sacred Landscapes (Jennifer Moody); The Topography of Minoan Peak Sanctuaries Revisited (Alan Peatfield); Juktas and Kofinas: Two Ritual Landscapes Out of the Ordinary (Steven Soetens); Investigating Minoan Sacred Landscapes (Lucia Nixon). Part 5: Continuity in Context. The Chimaera of Continuity: What Would "Continuity of Cult" Actually Demonstrate? (James Whitley).
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