Minoan chronology

This is a reblog from one of my favorite websites ETERNAL ATLANTIS by Author Luciana Cavallaro. The post entitled, “Minoan chronology,” is from an ongoing series on the highly advanced Ancient Minoans; posted on MARCH 18, 2016 / CAV12

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Luciana Cavallaro

Determining a chronology for the Minoans was somewhat problematic as the script they left behind—Linear A—was and still is indecipherable. There was archaeological evidence to suggest Crete was occupied as early as the 7th millennium BC and bones of Neolithic inhabitation has been found. In order to establish a framework as to the development of the Minoans, Sir Arthur Evans, archaeologist and excavator of Knossos, used hand-made pottery to create a timeline. He divided the pottery into three eras based on the stylistic changes.  This technique has enabled archaeologists and historians calculate the progress of all civilisations.

By Evans, Arthur, Sir (1851-1941) - Evans, Arthur, Sir. Scripta Minoa : the written documents of Minoan Crete, with special reference to the archives of Knossos (1909), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4494576 By Evans, Arthur, Sir (1851-1941) – Evans, Arthur, Sir. Scripta Minoa : the written documents of Minoan Crete, with special reference to the archives of Knossos (1909), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4494576

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Symbols of Minoan Culture

The following is a reblog from ETERNAL ATLANTIS on the continuing series of the Ancient Minoan Society. This post is entitled, “Symbols of Minoan Culture,” that was posted on FEBRUARY 26, 2016 / CAV12

There were a number of significant symbols the Minoans used in their rituals and way of life. These symbols were not unique to the Minoans, but have been cross-culturally as representative of the Mother or Earth Goddess.

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Luciana Cavallaro

There were a number of distinctive symbols the Minoans cultivated that had significant importance in their rituals and way of life. These distinguishing elements were not unique to the Minoans, which distinguished historians have identified were more cross-cultural, much like the representation of the Mother or Earth Goddess. The origins and similar features are evident (see article by J. Alexander MacGillivray) yet the purpose of the Minoan symbols evolved according to their needs and religious tenets. The main icons were the labrys, the bull horns, bees, and snakes.

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