A206 notes - 24/02/2009 12:57:00 Circles become MEANDERS...

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24/02/2009 12:57:00 Circles become MEANDERS (geometric shapes) The Athenian Agora; a low lying, flat part of Athens which was in the Geometric  period a burial ground Early Geometric cremation burial from Agora Gold and Glass and faience jewelry from female burial Bigger and brighter things during this period Earrings-details of filigree (gold thread) and granulation (Gold droplets)   Filigree and granulation were techniques used in the Near East ivory stamp seals- what do they tell you? Material and use o Ivory comes from Africa o Tusks of elephants or hippos Stamps buried with rich woman o She was an official of some sort? o No education…but she has some to an extent. .she had to belong to  the elite and received the education that was useful and acceptable for  the elite o geometric pots look intricate and remind people of woven textiles women made these?
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Design habits by them pottery from cremation burial urn- belly handled for females some fairly cups, little jugs, round pot and no handles- pyxis o little jewelry box or cosmetics box. .very feminine item hollow box, unusual design- still a pyxis o droplet shapes on top- represent granaries GRANARY model- did the deceased belong to the class of pentakosiomedimnoi  (the highest class, which could produce 500 bushels of grain a year)?  This means that  this woman never had to a day being hungry in her life because she was wealthy and  had high status skeletal remains female 30-40 years old- old for this age…over life expectancy what is the small neck amphora doing in here? She died during child birth Bones of a fetus- boy- was still inside the mother The amphora was found empty- it was just a symbol Were not sure that it was a boy- it was hopeful though Another EG cremation burial from the Agora, ca. 850 Meander-geometric burial
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Urn- male- neck handled amphora The thing around the neck of the vase- the sword gets ceremonially killed horse bridle: the deceased owned a horse; did he belong to the second highest  class of hippies (knights)? What can we infer about the buried person? Male Warrior and/or craftsman Had a horse Skeletal analysis revealed he was ca. 34 years old at death And also: in Early Geometric Athens weapons and a horse were important for  an upper class male, but so was wine! Pyxides (jewelry/cosmetics box) with zoomorphic handles
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course MSEC 7102 taught by Professor Myers during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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A206 notes - 24/02/2009 12:57:00 Circles become MEANDERS...

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