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Minoan Society The Bronze Age aka first golden age on Europe Important changes in the way societies were organised at the start and through the Bronze Age In the daily lives of ordinary people and in their religious beliefs and artistic expression Great technological progress was made during this time marked in particular by the widespread adoptions of Copper Bronze and Gold Metallurgy across Europe between 2400-600bc Three stages to the Bronze Age each representing a significant technical improvement in the use of bronze and gold Early Bronze Age 2400-1600BC Middle Bronze Age 1500-1200BC Late Bronze Age 1200-600BC A way of dating a period by pots is called Sequencing Seriation and Typology Dating of Minoan History There are two classifications used for the dating of Minoan civilization The earliest was developed by sir Arthur evans based upon changing style of pottery more recently Nicholas Platon revised the system and his classifications are based upon architectural and cultural changes in the palaces Overview Growth Climax of Minoan Civilization C 3500-1425BC Neolithic Period c6000-3500BC - Stone Age Crete Prepalatial Period c3500-2000BC - Beginning of the Bronze Age First Palatial Period c2000-1700BC - Minoan Palaces and Writing First palaces destroyed by earthquake c1700BC grander palaces replaced them Second Palatial Period c1700-1450BC - Period of Greatest Prosperity Palaces grander than predecessors retained the central courtyard but this time the buildings completely surrounded the courtyard Buildings featured internal corridors and wide flights of stairs connecting various palace quarters and large numbers of magazines storage rooms Third Palatial Period c1450-1070BC - Period of Mycenaean Domination Decline of Minoan Civilization Massive earthquakes c1450BC ruined all of the palaces though Knossos less badly Further damage by fire - perhaps lamps over turned during quake perhapsrebellion or incasion Third Palace Ruined c1425-1050BC Mycenauans Occupied Knossos marked change in pottery decoration - more ornate abstract New Writing Style Linear B Appeared
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