The Unidentified Floating Objects on Late Minoan Seal Iconography

Kyriakidis, Evangelos (2005) The Unidentified Floating Objects on Late Minoan Seal Iconography. American Journal of Archaeology, 109 . pp. 137-154. ISSN 0029114. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This is the first article of a much larger project: its function is to prove that certain iconographical objects on Minoan gold signet rings are in fact constellations. This tenet has far-reaching consequences. The retracing of the Minoan sky not only can give us a huge insight into Minoan religion, mythology, calendar, agriculture, navigation and science, but can also change the trajectory of the field of archaeo-astronomy. So far, archaeo-astronomy holds that the origin of the classical constellations are to be traced in the near East and Mesopotamia. Though this might be indirectly true, it now seems that a much more likely source for the bronze-age constellation-pattern is Crete, since the Minoan constellations resemble the later Classical ones much more than any Near or Middle Eastern example.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Maureen Nunn
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:52
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 10:01
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