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Knossos from the Neolithic to the end of the Prepalatial period

Legarra Herrero, B; (2019) Knossos from the Neolithic to the end of the Prepalatial period. In: Knossos from the Neolithic. Society Of Cretan Historical Studies: Heraklion, Crete. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper offers an updated look at the early history of the settlement of Knossos and its immediate hinterland based on the combination of new survey material and a review of legacy data from the long history of excavations in the area. The approach aims to provide a better understanding of the Prepalatial (Neolithic to Middle Minoan IA) settlement history at the Kephala Hill and nearby areas that complements the traditional focus on stratigraphic excavations under and around the later Bronze Age palace. The Prepalatial material collected and analysed by the Knossos Urban Landscape Project (KULP)is presented in a preliminary form but already sheds new light on the initial process of urbanisation at the site. The analysed data identify a sizeable community at Knossos from the Final Neolithic that slowly grew during the 3rd millennium BCE. The settlement experienced a rapid period of growth at the start of the 2nd millennium BCE that marks the beginning of its development as an urban centre. This is also a moment at which we can identify a major re-organisation in the occupation of the valley and possibly also in the funerary landscape around the settlement.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Knossos from the Neolithic to the end of the Prepalatial period
Event: Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies
Location: Herakleion, Crete
Dates: 21 September 2016 - 25 September 2016
ISBN-13: 978-960-9480-35-2
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://12iccs.proceedings.gr/en/proceedings/categ...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081774
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