The social importance of the individual in Crete during the Early Minoan III-Middle Minoan I period

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Κατεύθυνση Προϊστορική Αρχαιολογία
Library of the School of Philosophy
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Malliou Alexandra
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Γεώργιος Βαβουρανάκης, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Προϊστορικής Αρχαιολογίας (ΕΚΠΑ)
Ελένη Μαντζουράνη, Καθηγήτρια Προϊστορικής Αρχαιολογίας (ΕΚΠΑ)
Ιωάννης Παπαδάτος, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Προϊστορικής Αρχαιολογίας (ΕΚΠΑ)
Original Title:
Η κοινωνική σημασία του ατόμου στην Κρήτη κατά την Πρωτομινωική ΙΙΙ-Μεσομινωική Ι περίοδο
Translated title:
The social importance of the individual in Crete during the Early Minoan III-Middle Minoan I period
This Master’s dissertation discusses the social importance of the individual during the late Prepalatial period (EM III-MM IA or late 3rd-early 2nd millennium BC), in central and eastern Crete, based on the available burial data. Archaeological research has persistently discussed the important changes that have been observed in the burial field of the period, because they coincide with the processes of the formation of the first palaces. The increased importance of personal status and identity have often been regarded as a factor in this process. However, such approaches do not entail a nuanced understanding of the social constitution of the individual but, instead, they remain bound to its modern western conceptualisations.

The so-called Assemblage Theory may offer a theoretical basis towards a reconsideration of the individual in late Prepalatial Crete. Assemblage (agencement in French) is a philosophical term employed by Manuel DeLanda in order to define the individual as a relational entity that is dynamically related to its context. Such a definition fits the Minoan funerary record, shifts emphasis from social entities to social relations and overrides interpretative dilemmas, regarding the relative contribution of individuals and social groups to the emergence of the Minoan palaces.
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Crete, Early Minoan, Middle Minoan, Prepalatial, burial practices , ritual, burial data, cemeteries, individual. personhood, assemblage theory, identity
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