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The find contexts of Knossian relief wall paintings: some ramifications

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matthew Haysom



This is the final published version of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Sidestone Press, 2018.

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The palace at Knossos hosts one of the largest corpora of Late Bronze Age wall paintings in the Aegean. It was also one of the earliest corpora to be uncovered. As a result it holds a unique position within the historiography of Aegean wall painting. This paper focuses on the relief wall paintings from the palace. Over the history of scholarship these have been given widely divergent dates from the 17th century BC all the way down to the 14th century BC. This paper returns to the original excavation records of the palace’s wall paintings to explore what can and cannot be said about their original find contexts. It then goes on to discuss the ramifications of the information and the lacunae for our understanding of the place of these wall paintings in the broader history of Aegean wall decoration.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Haysom M

Editor(s): Johannes Becker, Johannes Jungfleisch and Constance von Rüden

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Tracing Technoscapes: The Production of Bronze Age Wall Paintings in the Eastern Mediterranean

Year: 2018

Pages: 253-278

Print publication date: 18/12/2018

Online publication date: 28/12/2018

Acceptance date: 01/11/2018

Publisher: Sidestone Press

Place Published: Leiden, The Netherlands

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789088906886