FAH206H1S- Lecture #7 Feasting.docx

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FAH206H1S: FEASTING (WEEK #7)
Feasting Palatial Functions
Elite residence (i.e. Knossos)
Large scale storage (wine, grain, oil)
Administrative center (Clay archives)
Linear B Tablets (Patron of Specialized Crafts)
Shrine areas for cultic activity
Central Palace for town and territory (early politics)
MULTIFUNCTIONAL: Religious, Economic and Political
Palace shorthand notation as in civilization
Public Ceremonies (Feasting)
Important to look at the margins in which a feast might be evident
Inorganic versus Organic
Indirect use of feasting
Knossos
Space in the central and west court for feasting
Food perhaps brought from the town to the palace
Areas 14, 15 had storage space for food
Very early courts/feasting (c. 3000 2000 BC)
Connection between Neolithic and Bronze Age
Building around court areas (Neolithic IV Early Minoan I)
Settlement and community expansion
Community rituals for uniting (Central court and Palace)
Elite hegemony taken out
Large chalices in Early Minoan I (1900 2100 BC)
May be accumulated debris
Phaistos
Similar understanding as the Palace at Knossos
Deposits and very early courts/feasting
Something happened before the building of one palace
Feasting and sharing in Minoan society
Central court: Venue for feasting
Feasting Building interactions of a community
Early palatial feasting at Knossos
Early palaces (Early Minoan IB)
Couple of hundred pots (within a 1-2 meter area)
Lots of poor craftsmanship pottery
Evidence of white lined pottery
Red and Black painted pottery
Eggshell thin (Very rare and hard to fashion)
Hierarchy of materials (Polychrome pottery, Untreated pottery, Goblets)
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