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Ritual in the Bronze Age Aegean : The Minoan Peak Sanctuaries - Evangelos Kyriakidis

Ritual in the Bronze Age Aegean

The Minoan Peak Sanctuaries

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Published: 27th January 2006
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Ritual is a fascinating subject, with a tendency to set the imagination racing and raise expectations for exciting treatment. Minoan archaeology and more particularly the so-called "peak sanctuaries" have been the object of much such interest and speculation, but also of considerable creative research. In this book Evangelos Kyriakidis rigorously assesses old and new ideas about these sanctuaries, testing and enriching such ideas by connecting them with the extant material and underpinning them with a solid theoretical basis. General theoretical issues such as the attribution of ritual value to a prehistoric activity, the assessment of degrees of ritual establishment and the creation of ritual institutions are developed with the peak sanctuary material in mind. The results are then compared and contrasted to other studies on the social and political dynamics of Minoan Crete, providing a new insight into ritual in the area as a whole.

Introduction : ritual and Minoan archaeologyp. 1
What's in a name? : the 'peak sanctuaries'p. 13
Attributing ritual valuep. 28
The archaeology of ritualp. 41
Evidence of ritual value : the 'peak sanctuaries'p. 50
Going further with ritual : praxis and beliefp. 60
The establishment of ritualp. 68
The establishment of the Minoan peak sanctuary ritualsp. 77
More established rituals : evidence for institutionsp. 99
The rise and fall of the Minoan peak sanctuariesp. 113
Conclusionp. 120
Analysis of find typesp. 128
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ISBN: 9780715632482
ISBN-10: 0715632485
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 27th January 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1