Canal March

The Ceramics of Crete and Mycenae

Carmen Sánchez

From 3500 BC, the ceramic workshops of the island of Crete marked a milestone in the prehistoric world as a result of the quality and originality of their outputs. Subsequently, and reflecting the Minoan tradition, from approximately 1500-1450 BC, Mycenaen ceramic pieces appeared, which would standardise the designs further and create a figurative style in which human figures and war scenes were added to the earlier floral and marine motives. The Ancient Art Lecturer from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Carmen Sánchez, presents the history of the sites of Knossos, Akrotiri and Ephesus, where the majority of the pieces preserved come from.

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