Fire and the Holes

An Investigation of Low Level Meanings in the Minoan Built Environment

Drawing in equal measure on space syntax and a theoretical framework recently advocated by Carl Knappett for the study of material culture, this paper offers an innovative approach to the fixed, semi-fixed, and mobile elements constituting the built environment. Through Read More

Minoan Halls

A Syntactical Genealogy

The tripartite room labeled a Minoan hall is probably the most emblematic architectural feature of the Neopalatial period in Bronze Age Crete (1700/1675–1470/1460 B.C.E.). Although this spatial arrangement stands out as an exceptional accomplishment because of its elaborate layout, fine Read More

From Building to Architecture

The Rise of Configurational Thinking in Bronze Age Crete

This paper is based on the identification – through space syntax analysis of Neopalatial architecture (Late Bronze Age Crete, c. 1600–1425 BC) – of a large number of topological and quantitative recurrences within the Minoan architectural landscape. These findings allow Read More

Towards an Archaeology of the Perception

‘Looking’ at the Minoan Palaces

Architecture is perhaps one of the most important elements in the archaeology of Bronze Age Crete. It is thus employed as the archaeologist’s lens through which he views this society, its members and its social structures. While there are certain Read More

Du phénotype au Génotype

Analyse de la syntaxe spatiale en architecture minoenne (MM IIIB -MR IB)

Âge d’or de la civilisation minoenne, la période néopalatiale (1600-1425 avant notre ère) révéla un paysage architectural foisonnant et complexe. Bien que cette architecture fut largement étudiée et commentée, à ce jour, elle reste l’objet de bon nombre d’interrogations et Read More