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Abstract–Minoan Communities and Commemorative Practices: the Late Prepalatial to Protopalatial Tholos Tomb A at Apesokari/Crete

The presentation examines the communal Tholos Tomb A at Apesokari in south-central Crete as the diachronic locus of the commemorative practices employed by one of the kinship groups of the community inhabiting the nearby habitation site on Vigla hill. The commemorative practices are reconstructed through the layout and the burial assemblage of the tomb as a continuum of multi-staged mortuary rituals; these extend from the inhumation of the corpse to the secondary manipulation of the disarticulated remains after decomposition, as well as to private and collective rites reflecting the incorporation of the deceased into the world of the group ancestors.

 

About Georgia Flouda

Georgia Flouda is a Curator at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, where she has been involved in designing and implementing the redisplay of the Minoan Collection. She specializes in Aegean prehistory and classical archaeology (PhD University of Athens) with a focus on the Aegean scripts. Her interests center upon the cognitive aspects of the Aegean writing systems, theoretical approaches to funerary practice, museum exhibits design and interconnecting museum narratives with traditional field research and archaeological material studies. She has co-edited Archaeology and Heinrich Schliemann a century after his death. Assessments and prospects: Myth - History – Science (2012) with G. Korres and N. Karadimas. In 2011, she was awarded a Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellowship in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University. While based at the CHS, her research will focus on the materialization of burial ideology in the Minoan communities of Apesokari and Porti in the Mesara/Crete.

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