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2.28.08 notes - clar notes What is happening in the ubaid...

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2/28/08 clar notes - What is happening in the ubaid and uruk periods that leads to the foundation of cities in the Mesopotamian area (?) paper purpose Aegean/ Minoan Crete - Palaces established, last down to around 1400 BC…the center of the city; a mysterious thing – we don’t know how they functioned - Cnossos – by far the largest palaces; 2 other palaces have been found near that site, completely confusing our notion that palaces are the centers of city-states (but also in Phastos, Malia, Kydonia, etc) o Each of these palaces don’t seem to be occupied in chronological sequence (?) o Biggest palace has smallest territory/smallest palace appears to be wealthiest – confusing o Function ceremonial (center court…open space, not roofed…west court suggests public gatherings/ceremonies), storage economy (evidence for large-scale storage/ possibility…evidence for feasting, implements for consumption of food takes on form of fancy artifacts/cups, bowls, dining equipment, etc – certain styles of dining equipment different in different areas of the palace…real fancy fine wares concentrate on inside of palace in inner rooms (in one of the palaces) and outside of those rooms in central and western courts are found a lot of mass-produced regular plain/crude-wares….so elite dining in inner rooms and general/public/accessible consumption in outside? Organized and segregated feasting Palaces seem to be related to royal sanctuary – connection between palace and its territory that may be religious/ritual in character Cut blocks of stone [ ashlars ] – always in places somewhat publicly visible/facades
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