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Singned and sealed. Piece of clay bearing a number of sealings.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

«Sphragidocracy» in the period of the First Palaces

Dr Anastasia Tzigounaki at the Minoan Seminar

A lecture on the use and meaning of seals during the Protopalatial period in Crete will be given on Friday, 11 October by Dr Anastasia Tzigounaki. Director of the 25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and the 28th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities in Greece.

The iconographic data from the sphragistic surfaces of seals and seal impressions, combined with context data and evidence of use, reflect part of the control mechanism for the organization of the administrative system of Protopalatial centres in Minoan Crete. Using this information, an attempt is made to get close to understanding the processes and parameters that govern the function of the “sphragidocratic” mechanism, as an administrative tool for tracking and regulation during this period.

The lecture will be in Greek and will take place in the building of the Archaeological Society of Athens, 22, Panepistiniou st. at 6.30 pm.