FAH423H1 - Palace of Malia
• Similar in plan to the palace of Knossos - also built in two different periods
• Central court, magazines, koulours etc.
• Substantial amount of town is from the 1st Palace Period - mostly Second Palace peri-
od palace remains at Malia
• Sort of the equivalent of a theatrical area at Knossos
• Magazines found off the Agora
• Hasn’t been properly excavated or published
• Quartier Mu, Malia
• Located a couple hundred yards from the Palace of Malia
• We don’t find bedrooms at the palace b/c people are living here - easily could fit
• Both Building A and Building B were subject to a huge fire during the 1st palace
period so were not rebuilt over - thus remains are from the 1st palace
• ‘Palatial’ architectural features - lustral basin, West facade
• Spatial organization: central ‘ceremonial’ areas, upper storeys, magazines, work-
• Lustral basin - located next to a ceremonial area
• Building is not palatial - doesn’t have a central court (although there is a central
• Administration - archival documents in Cretan Hieroglyphic, indicative of ad-
ministrative functions performed outside the palace
• Craft production - various workshops - consider artisans’ status in relation to
occupants of main building
• Religious - sanctuary with offering table, cultic equipment in V5 suggestive of a
shrine on upper storey - figurines, stone cases, jewellry, Chamizi juglets, etc.
• Storage - numerous vessels in upper & lower magazines. Household scale or
• Inter-regional exchange - many vessels imported from Isthmus, South Coast,
• Foreign contacts - Egyptianising sphinx terracotta plaque, and ceramic relief
• What was Quartier Mu
• centre for religious administration?
• Urban dependency of palace? FAH423H1 - Palace of Malia
• Factional challenge to palatial authority?
• Even though the plan isn’t palatial, what we find there and its function suggest it
was more than just a residential area
• We don’t find the same kind of finds at Phaistos
• Knossos, Phaistos and Malia: 3 palace of the First Palace period
• But what is happening outside of these centers?
• Other thriving settlements on crete at this time - what was their association/rela-
tionship with the palace?
• Myrtos Pyrgos on the west coast for example - did it have any connection to
Malia or is too far?
• Distance - Malia to Gournia would take atleast one full day - Myrtos Pyrgos to
Gournia would take at least two (very mountainous)
• What relationship did they have to the wider territory? (lecture recording starts here)
• We know these settlements were interconnected through pottery
• Cherry 1986 - divides Crete into states (polities)
• Here research doesn’t really add up - we just assu