During the long era of prehistory various types of models, made of clay, have been unearthed in different sites on the islands of Crete and Cyprus. These sites include tombs, settlements, sanctuaries and other. This lecture refers to these models, describes them in a detailed way and discusses their possible meaning/s and the impact they had in the prehistoric communities which produced them. It seems that in Crete the clay models cover a very long period of time ranging from Prepalatial to Postpalatial epoch and their character is diverse.
In Cyprus on the other hand, such models are limited in time span and are dated in Chalcolithic period and Early Bronze Age III to Middle Bronze Age I. In the examination of Cypriot models a series of open and closed vases, bearing on the rim and/or shoulder small human and animal figurines along with models of structures, either in relief and/or in the round, is also included.
In addition, a selective assemblage of Egyptian models made of stucco and wood and rarely of clay are discussed as a comparative material. Egypt had a long tradition in the deposition of models of great variety and beauty in the tombs of Pharaohs, noblemen as well as common people.
The "Modeling everyday life in Crete and Cyprus with reference to Egypt" programme from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens attemps a fascinating journey to everyday life of ancient Crete, Cyprus and Egypt.
Finally, egyptian models and further conclusions will be discussed.For full information of the programme outline please visit the programme website.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Schedule IELTS
The programme is addressed not only to students of Archaeology but also to the broader public, especially those with a particular interest in prehistoric/protohistoric times in broader eastern Mediterranean area.
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