Economic life of the town and its long distance trading contacts was directed

Economic life of the town and its long distance

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Economic life of the town and its long-distance trading contacts was directed by the ruler of the palace or the palace eliteThe town itself has not provided evidence suggesting organized workshops that produced goods for trade or rooms for the storage of precious materialsTrade of Zakros would probably have been highly controlled by the palace elite -Trade and economic exchange: Mediterranean and Aegean region ‘Command economy’ – where long-distance trade was ‘inter-regal trade’ and conducted through royal emissaries who were the “kings men” – trade directed by rulers or by temple elites This was the case in Egypt, the pharaoh would conduct ‘foreign affairs’ and obtained raw material through diplomatic means or warfare Royal armies would go and gain access to raw materials for Egypt Early Bronze Age trade was based on the principle of bartering – swapping an item for another, no coinage invented yet The Minoans sailed around the Cycladic Islands, Cyprus, through the Mediterranean and through to Egypt Amphorae – tall Greek/Roman jar with two handles and a narrow neck Pithoi – ancient Greek word for a large storage jar of a characteristic shape The Cyclades and other Aegean Islands Throughout the Bronze Age, the Cycladic Islands were chief trading partners with Crete Pumice = TheraObsidian = Melos Silver and lead = SiphnosMarble = Paros Number of Cycladic pottery and even distinctive Cycladic figurines have been found in CreteMinoans also sent pottery – probably containing oils for cooking/perfume to many Cycladic islands
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Frescoes at the palace of Avaris – bull wrestling against a maze-like pattern and the other showing bull-leaping this style of artwork is similar to the paintings to Minoan Crete andmay suggest interaction and trade between the two cities Egypt Minoans were to known to Egyptians as ‘Keftiu’ Appear carrying goods – not depicted as traders or merchants but as ‘gift-bearers’ carryingtribute Egyptian written records refer to ‘gifts’ instead of ‘imports’ 18thDynasty frescoes of the Theban tombs depict the Cretans as Aegeans, clean shaven, exotic with long wavy hair characteristic of the Minoan leaf-shaped kilt decorated with common Aegean motifs Tomb of the vizier Rekhmirepictures of Minoans bringing tribute/gifts of pottery and stone-carved vessels as well as copper ingots Similarly, Egyptians also exchanged their own goods with the Minoans, leaving numerous stone vessels, pieces of hippopotamus and elephant ivory e.g. scarabs, statues Much of the gold discovered in Crete is also likely to have been Egyptian in origin Principle goods imported from Egypt = linen as papyrus Timber Egypt did not have much timber landscape is primarily desert It is possible that the Minoans traded their plentiful supply of cypress trees Lebanon also traded Cedar with Crete, two Syrian cedar axe-handles foundCopper
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