OIKOS, Archaeological approaches to House Societies in the Bronze Age Aegean
Presses universitaires de Louvain
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Archaeological approaches to House Societies in the Bronze Age Aegean

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This collection of papers explores whether the Lévi-Straussian notion of the
House is a valid concept in aiding the comprehension of the social structure
of Bronze Age Aegean societies. The main question that is addressed is whether
there was a specific social institution or definable group that, through its
materialisation, differentiated itself from other social units, such as
nuclear families. While little agreement was reached, the volume succeeds in
stressing the advances made in the study of social structure of the Aegean on
the basis of material remains. Moreover, the discussions presented demonstrate
that the House as an analytical unit allows a better understanding of what on
Crete has usually been called 'the elite' – an anonymous group of people with
shared values and practices. It is the contention of the editors that such an
interpretation of the basal social structure may help understand the unique
emergence, development and character of Minoan society, as well as its
distinctive material culture.

Apart from a general introduction by Jan Driessen and Maria Relaki, the first
part of the volume deals with Minoan Crete starting with Quentin Letesson &
Jan Driessen presenting a diachronic overview of the House in Minoan society,
and followed by papers that present case-studies of the Prepalatial (Simona
Todaro; Yiannis Papadatos) and Neopalatial period (Dario Puglisi; Carl
Knappett; Emmanouela Apostolaki; Pietro Militello, Orazio Palio & Marianna
Figuera; Chrysa Sofi anou & Thomas Brogan; Eleni Gerontakou, Maria Kyritsi &
Alexandra Salichou). In addition, specialised studies deal with ritual
practice (Christine Morris & Alan Peatfi eld), signet rings and seals (Sarah
Finlayson; Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw) and the political transformations after
the destruction of the New Palaces (Eleni Hatzaki). The last part of the
volume comprises two papers (Artemis Karnava & Irene Nikolakopoulou; Evi
Gorogianni) that address social structure on the islands of Santorini and Kea
while papers by Stratos Nanoglou, Kalliopi Efkleidou and Maria Luisa Ruiz-
Galvez present possibilities of application of the concept on Mainland Greece
and elsewhere. In the last part of the volume, Maria Relaki presents a
theoretical re-evaluation of the role of kinship in House Society studies.
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