Archaeological Remains in Bronze Age Thera Essay

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“Explain what archaeological evidence reveals about Bronze Age society on Thera” Excavations and archaeological finds have provided historians and archaeologists with significant information what the society of Bronze Age Thera was like. Artefacts, such as pottery present evidence towards Thera as a Minoan influenced society. Frescoes and other items point towards religion being an underlying factor of society, as well as the possibility of a social hierarchy. Excavations of the streets of Akrotiri point towards extensive town planning. These finds allow historians and archaeologists to build a picture on the lifestyle and society in Bronze Age Thera. Numerous finds on the island of Thera display evidence that Minoan influence impacted greatly on Theran society. For instance, art styles in the Minoan region were often geometric and/or linear in pattern, and various items of pottery on Thera display this particular art form, suggesting that pottery and art on the island was influenced by that of Crete. Another aspect to this theory is the Linear A script found on broken Theran pottery and the shoulder of a ewer – a form of writing only found on the Minoan island of Crete. Other items found show the possibility of a trade relationship with Crete, such as Minoan-style seal stones and the shells of white snails which are a delicacy on Crete. Despite the evidence there is argument against this theory. Christos Doumas states that the art and architecture of Minoan style found on Thera may simply be a ‘superficial’ characteristic – nature-based pictorial motifs of Cycladic influence are favoured over the Minoan geometric style, supporting this argument. A popular argument on the society of Thera was that religion played an important part in the lives of Therans. Nanno Marinatos strongly believed that all Bronze Age Aegean frescoes were associated with religious or cult

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