Publication Date

April 2018


Kate Birney


Archaeology, Classical Civilization


English (United States)


This thesis, through an analysis of tombs assemblages, attempts to disprove the prevailing narrative of collapse that exists for Eastern Crete at the end of the Late Bronze Age. I have assembled a comprehensive gazetteer of all excavated objects from 59 East Cretan tombs. These tombs span the Late Minoan (LM) IIIA-IIIC periods and are located in close proximity to each other. In order to better analyze these tomb assemblages, I created a methodology inspired by Giampaolo Grazaidio?s 1991 article titled, ?The Process of Social Stratification at Mycenae in the Shaft Grave Period: A Comparative Examination of the Evidence.? Using my methodology, I gave value scores to each tomb assemblage and tomb based on their relative wealth. This scoring system allowed me to examine changes in wealth, in tomb assemblages and in tomb architecture. An analysis of these changes revealed that Eastern Crete did not experience any kind of decline during the LMIIIC period, but instead experienced a change in the ways that wealth was expressed.



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