From the Caves of the Winds to Mycenae rich in gold

The faces of Minoan and Mycenaean women

Authored by: John Prag

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910

10.4324/9781315621425.ch39

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Abstract

Sir Mortimer Wheeler once wrote that ‘the archaeologist is digging up, not things, but people’, which he intended as an exhortation to archaeologists not to become fixated on our sherds and our pottery typologies but to remember the real people who made and used the pots whose battered remains now obsess us. 1 He would surely have approved of a volume that sets out to describe ‘real women across the ancient world’ – and can there be a more ‘real’ way of meeting the women (and indeed the men) from that ancient world than seeing them face to face? Working with their physical remains allows one to really get to know the people one is studying and often to develop an understanding and a sympathy with them: seeing their faces develop takes that a step further and turns them into real individuals.

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