By Valasia Isaakidou,P. Tomkins
Beneath the Bronze Age 'Palace of Minos', Neolithic Knossos is likely one of the earliest identified farming settlements in Europe and maybe the longest-lived. For 3000 years, Neolithic Knossos used to be additionally maybe one in all only a few settlements on Crete and, for a lot of this time, maintained a particular fabric tradition. This quantity considerably complements figuring out of the real, yet hitherto little recognized, Neolithic cost and tradition of Crete. 13 papers, from the 10th Sheffield Aegean around desk in January 2006, discover elements of the Cretan Neolithic: the result of contemporary re-analysis of a variety of our bodies of fabric from J.D. Evans' excavations at EN-FN Knossos; and new insights into the Cretan overdue and ultimate Neolithic and the contentious belated colonisation of the remainder of the island, drawing on either new and previous fieldwork. Papers within the first team research the idiosyncratic Knossian ceramic chronology (P. Tomkins), human collectible figurines from a gender standpoint (M. Mina), funerary practices (S. Triantaphyllou), chipped stone expertise (J. Conolly), land and-use and its social implications (V. Isaakidou). these within the moment workforce, current a second look of LN Katsambas (N. Galanidou and okay. Mandeli), facts for later Neolithic exploration of japanese Crete (T. Strasser), rite and intake at past due ultimate Neolithic Phaistos (S. Todaro and S. Di Tonto), ultimate Neolithic cost styles (K. Nowicki), the transition to the Early Bronze Age at Kephala Petra (Y. Papadatos), and a serious appraisal of ultimate Neolithic 'marginal colonisation' (P. Halstead). In end, C. Broodbank locations the Cretan Neolithic inside of its wider Mediterranean context and J.D. Evans offers an autobiographical account of a life of insular Neolithic exploration.