[Archaeologytalks] The Minoans: life in and around the Bronze Age palaces

[Archaeologytalks] The Minoans: life in and around the Bronze Age palaces

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Come learn about the spectacular Bronze Age civilisation on the island of Crete, through the archaeology and art they left behind.

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The Minoan civilisation of ancient Crete left behind large so-called palaces, spectacular art, and a rich archaeological record. During this webinar we will explore some of the most famous sites, and those less often mentioned on guidebooks, and see what they can tell about the lives of the people during the Bronze Age of Greece.

The name “Minoan” was coined by Arthur Evans, who excavated the archaeological site we call Knossos. He and his workers uncovered a large building complex, several stories high, with narrow corridors all around. This reminded Evans about the myth of King Minos of Crete, and the labyrinth he had built for the half-human half-bull Minotaur, and this is where the Bronze Age civilisation of Crete got its name.

Knossos was not unique: other large centres have been excavated on Crete, and they often have similar layouts and structures. We will discuss the functions of these ‘palaces’ and the finds and art excavated in them. But we will also look away from these centres, to the peak sanctuaries and the religious world of Minoan Crete, and the myths told about the area in later Greek history.

Hosted by Dr Helena Meskanen, an archaeologist specialising in ancient Greece, this webinar will give you a deep dive into one of the most fascinating regions and periods of ancient Greece. After an hour long presentation, she is happy to take your questions on the Minoans, archaeology, or anything in between.

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