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As researchers convey their analytic abilities to endure on modern archaeological tourism, they locate that it really is as a lot in regards to the current because the prior. Philip Duke’s examine of visitors looking at on the continues to be of Bronze Age Crete highlights this nexus among prior and current, among unique and mundane. utilizing own diaries, ethnographic interviews, website guidebooks, and vacationer brochures, Duke is helping us comprehend the effect that archaeological websites, museums and the built previous have on travelers’ view in their personal tradition, the way it legitimizes classification inequality at domestic in addition to at the island of Crete, either Minoan and modern.

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The Tourists Gaze, The Cretans Glance: ARCHAEOLOGY AND TOURISM ON A GREEK ISLAND

As researchers convey their analytic talents to endure on modern archaeological tourism, they locate that it truly is as a lot in regards to the current because the previous. Philip Duke’s research of holiday makers watching on the continues to be of Bronze Age Crete highlights this nexus among earlier and current, among unique and mundane. utilizing own diaries, ethnographic interviews, web site guidebooks, and vacationer brochures, Duke is helping us comprehend the effect that archaeological websites, museums and the built previous have on travelers’ view in their personal tradition, the way it legitimizes classification inequality at domestic in addition to at the island of Crete, either Minoan and sleek.

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Surplus agricultural and other products, especially oil, wheat, barley, figs, and olives, were exchanged between the different palaces (Renfrew 1972:296–297) and presumably between the different communities on the island. Renfrew (1972:297) envisaged the palaces as redistributive centers of subsistence commodities controlled by a social hierarchy, rather reminiscent of the agricultural cooperatives found today on the island (Renfrew 1972:307). Indeed, for Renfrew centralized control of redistribution is the key to understanding the rise of Aegean civilization.

No traces of city walls remain at these towns, with the exception of Petras (Dickinson 1994:65). The remains at these towns, as well as numerous frescoes and the so-called Town Mosaic from Knossos, indicate that the houses were several stories in height, with flat facades, and made of a variety of materials. Smaller villages and hamlets have been identified in both the Old and New Palace periods (Rackham and Moody 1996:89). Some towns performed specialized functions such as serving a harbor. Crete’s coastline is relatively deficient in natural harbors, although ships could be dragged onto beaches if necessary.

However, as excavations at more and more sites have shown their own palatial features, and the adequacy of excavation data is questioned (cf. Hamilakis 2002c:185), the model may prove to have been offered prematurely. McGillivray (1997) has argued for attempts by Knossos to exert a local hegemony as early as the Old Palace period. While Knossos may have controlled the central portion of the island by the New Palace period, elsewhere local elite groups independently ran their own territories (Driessen and Macdonald 1997; Driessen 2003).

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