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Article on Minoan Palaces

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:59 am
by Minimalist
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/t ... rete/58344
The palace civilisations of Crete in mainland Greece are buildings that illustrate phenomenal architecture and artistic designs that are distinctive when compared to surrounding Asian and Near Eastern structures (Branigan, 2004).

The uniqueness and complexity of these palaces raises a series of questions about their purpose/s as to why substantial amounts of time and effort went into creating them. By assessing the archaeological evidence at each of the main palaces at Knossos, Mallia, Phaistos and Zakros and comparing them to surrounding communities, this question can be examined to understand their roles in society.

Re: Artilce on Minoan Palaces

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:42 pm
by Simon21
Interesting piece. Apparently Evans damaged a lot of the site by his determined reconstructions.

Re: Artilce on Minoan Palaces

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:45 am
by Minimalist
When I was at Knossos our guide never stopped complaining about Evans.

Re: Artilce on Minoan Palaces

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:13 pm
by circumspice
Meh... It could have been worse... Belzoni could have been the one to 'excavate & restore' Knossos...

Re: Artilce on Minoan Palaces

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:40 pm
by Simon21
Meh... It could have been worse... Belzoni could have been the one to 'excavate & restore' Knossos...
That is hardly consoling

Re: Artilce on Minoan Palaces

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:24 pm
by Minimalist
As I recall, and this was 12 years ago, our guide pointed to this reconstruction by Evans

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and noted that where Evans had put concrete dividers in the wall the Minoans actually used wooden beams. The hypothesis is that the wooden beams would have been superior at absorbing earthquake tremors than a solid stone wall. Evans was not worried about earthquakes, obviously.

Re: Article on Minoan Palaces

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:07 am
by Simon21
That's what they used to use in Japan apparently for the same reason

Re: Article on Minoan Palaces

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:57 pm
by Minimalist
There is probably nothing like living in an earthquake prone region to teach one something about them.