The Economics of Potnia: Storage in 'Temples' of Prehistoric Greece

Kyriakidis, Evangelos (2001) The Economics of Potnia: Storage in 'Temples' of Prehistoric Greece. Aegaeum (22). pp. 123-130. (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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The studies on the storage of any ritual site, are not that numerous; in fact, the only paper on the topic briefly attempts to demonstrate that there is storage associated with some Minoan ‘religious’ buildings and interprets the data accordingly. This view will be firmly supported here. It has to be noted that for the purposes of this article, the term storage refers only to food storage as indicator of subsistence potential and by extension, for a non-monetary society, of relative wealth. The much-neglected coarse ceramics, especially pithoi and large vessels can give us a reasonable idea on storage. Storage, no doubt, could also be achieved by bags or baskets, which unfortunately leave no trace. Cists or boxes that were specifically made for storage are very rare and are not normally found outside large buildings. Indeed it seems to be the case that Minoan ritual sites to have large storage capacity, and therefore to be able to store and manage wealth – one of the conditions of institution building. The same picture is drawn during the ensuing Mycenaean period, since the linear b tablets provide enough evidence for the existence of Religious institutions that manage and store wealth.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Conference: Potnia: deities and religion in the Aegean Bronze Age Conference description: International conference Conference venue: Gothenburg, Sweden Conference date: 2000; Apr
Uncontrolled keywords: potnia deities ; religion ; aegean bronze age
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DF Greece
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Evangelos Kyriakidis
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 06:02
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2014 15:08
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