Abstract: The Palaces of Knossos?


Was the ‘Palace of Minos’ at Knossos a single building that underwent constant adjustment following its initial construction c.2000 BC? Was there a ‘First Palace’ and then a ‘Second Palace’? Or were there several rebuilding episodes that created a succession of palaces, each quite different from the other? This talk presents new research on old material from the heart of the palace excavated by Sir Arthur Evans. The results shed fresh light on the nature of monumentality and centralization in the earliest and largest palace of the Aegean world.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

Macdonald, C.F. 2005. Knossos. The Folio Society

Macdonald, C.F., and C. Knappett, 2007.Knossos: Protopalatial deposits in Early Magazine A and the South-west Houses. London: British School at Athens Supplementary Volume no. 41.


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