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Author Crooks, Sam.

Title What are these queer stones? : baetyls : epistemology of a Minoan fetish / Sam Crooks.

Published Oxford, England : Archaeopress, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail f  939.18 CROO    DUE 06-12-19
Physical description viii, 79 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm.
Series BAR international series ; 2511.
BAR international series ; 2511.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-79).
Summary "This monograph examines the aniconic cult stones, or baetyls, of the Aegean Bronze Age. Minoan baetyls are commonly understood by reference to the interpretive vocabularies of ancient Near Eastern traditions developed by comparative ethnographies popular in the early 20th century. This study presents and interrogates the Aegean evidence for baetyl cult, providing a catalogue of archaeological evidence attesting to this cultic practice. Contextual analysis provides the basis for interpreting and (re)constructing aspects of the cult. It is argued that the ambiguity inherent in these aniconic stones renders them uniquely flexible in serving multiple cultic, ritual and ideological functions across different contexts." -- Abstract.
Subject Minoans -- Rites and ceremonies.
Sacred stones -- Greece -- Crete.
Fetishes (Ceremonial objects) -- Greece -- Crete.
Crete (Greece) -- Antiquities.
ISBN 1407311298 (paperback)
9781407311296 (paperback)