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HIST 231 Lecture Notes - Bull-Leaping, Amphora, Zakros

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HIST 231
Dr.Jane Francis

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Research paper due this Friday during class
Administrative rooms
Only exist in Knossos
Only example of throne room (termed by Evans)
Lustral basins: helps to understand that something important like a ceremony took
Knossos was maybe the large, richest, most powerful site
East rooms: “Queen’s Rooms”
oLiving spaces?
oEvans: feminine dolphin motif more feminine, so assumed that a woman lived
Domestic spaces?
Knossos: “King’s Chamber”/ Hall of the Double Axes
oDouble axe motif (perceived by Evans to be very masculine)
Names stuck to better understand what room they were talking about. Can’t really say
gender-wise what was really going on.
Large-Scale Storage
Knossos, Phaistos, and Malia
Large storage containers, hold food storage of the island Knossos. Are they using it
all there? Or are they using it as a redistribution system? At Knossos, basic level
storage rooms. Phaistos: central hall. Malia: channels that lead to a sunken vat.
Theatral Areas (looking at something)

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oTwo shallow low stairs
oTop of west court area
oSeveral venues where people can sit and watch, wait their turn
oTop of west court area
oSeveral venues where people can sit and watch, wait their turn
oCentral court
oNo exterior theatral area
oShallow, broad stairs
Industrial Areas
oLapidary workshop (Basalt from Egypt)
oPottery kiln
oOil/wine press
Pretty self-sufficient. Presumably they had workers/slaves employed by the palace to
make stone objects or pottery. Unknown of relationship btwn workers and people
hiring them (salary, conditions, etc.)
Drainage Systems
oTook the water and waste away
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