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Ritual and Archaic States$
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Joanne M.A. Murphy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062785

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062785.001.0001

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Rituals and Ceremonies at the Mycenaean Cemetery at Dendra

Rituals and Ceremonies at the Mycenaean Cemetery at Dendra

(p.76) 4 Rituals and Ceremonies at the Mycenaean Cemetery at Dendra
Ritual and Archaic States

Ann-Louise Schallin

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 focuses on the ritual practices connected with the burials at the Late Bronze Age cemetery at Dendra in the Argolid in Greece, ca. 1600–1100 B.C. During this time, the central Argolid became an archaic state with a pronounced site hierarchy, with Mycenae at the top. In the settling process of this power structure, the various practices, including mortuary ritual, were characterized by competition and the negotiation of sociopolitical positions. Part of the material evidence connected with mortuary practices at the Dendra site and its surrounds is used in Schallin’s analysis of the components of the rituals as she proposes a possible scenario of how the burial practices were materialized at Dendra and how they can be seen as a constituent part in the strategies of elite legitimation. In short, Schallin examines material evidence to identify various components in the mortuary ritual at the Dendra cemetery while suggesting how this ritual linked with the network-type political system at Mycenae.

Keywords:   Dendra, Bronze Age Greece, elite, power, burial, Mycenae, Argolid, archaic state, hierarchy, mortuary ritual, political system

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