Melissa Eaby (INSTAP Study Center for East Crete), "Creating New Identities in LM IIIC East Crete: The Case of House A.2 at Chalasmenos, Ierapetra"
The Late Minoan IIIC period was characterized by a dramatic shift in settlement patterns, settlement organization, architecture, burial and cult practices, and socio-political structures. One aspect of these complex changes was the creation of new community, as well as individual or family, identities. House A.2 at Chalasmenos provides an important case study for examining the development of new identities in this period. On the one hand, the size, construction, and assemblage of finds from the building are consistent with a typical, self-sufficient domestic structure, showing evidence for storage, food processing and preparation, and dining. There are multiple features, however, that potentially distinguish this building from the typical household, including its plan, architectural features, assemblage of burned bones, and the presence of certain small finds, such as Minoan stone vases. An examination of these features reveals the various ways in which the owner(s) of an “ordinary” house attempted to assert their status and cultivate a specific image in this transitional period.