The conference is organized by the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), the Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania and the Università Telematica Internazionale Uninettuno. It will be a platform to discuss one of the thorniest periods of Late Bronze Age Crete, when cultural identity and political power on the island went through a profound transformation.
The last twenty years of research into LM III Crete have provided plentiful data and several theoretical frameworks that have become fundamental to our understanding of the interactions between Crete and the Greek Mainland in this period, as well as of aspects of micro-regionalism in the definition of material culture on Crete. Drawing on these themes, the international conference One State, Many Worlds: Crete in the Late Minoan II-IIIA2 period (1470-1350 BC ca) will focus on the many largely-unresolved issues arising from the cultural and political processes that were in play during the earlier part of the period, in the crucial years after the LM IB destructions (variously defined as Monopalatial or Final Palatial) down to LM IIIA2. The major transformations that have been detected until now are principally embodied in radical changes at the palace of Knossos and the invention of a new administrative script, and in the funerary domain.
With the intention to provide a comprehensive view of this revolutionary period of the Aegean Late Bronze, a group of distinguished scholars are asked to investigate such specific topics as follows:
Olive Tree Routes
Greece You Will Want To Stay Forever
Greece Does Have a Winter
The Restoration of the Acropolis
Conference on the Future of Europe
The return of the Parthenon Marbles
Archaeological Museums & Collections in Greece
Intangible Cultural Heritage
Archaeological Resources Fund