The Secret of Crete: A Controversial Account of Archaeological Detection, by Hans Georg Wunderlich, hardcover (good condition, tear/denting to dust jacket on top of spine)


Offers an alternative hypothesis to accepted theories regarding Minoan civilization: claims the palace of Minos was not a center for courtly life but a necropolis--a city of the dead.


During his geological studies in Crete he became aware of the palace of Knossos. He disagreed with the established thesis of Sir Arthur Evans that the Minoan civilization had been extremely peaceful, pointing instead to evidence of a pronounced cult of the dead similar to that of the ancient Egyptian culture of the Old Kingdom.


Wunderlich analysed the Minoan excavations from the perspective of geology and identified many contradictions in Evans' theories; for example, the devices called baths are completely unsuitable for bathing, since their sheathing is made of a water-soluble material and there is no drainage. He considered the light wells to be ventilation ducts.


He also argued that it was unlikely that the "palaces" and "villas" were permanently inhabited, as there was no water supply there; he did not think that the wells that had been found were deep enough and therefore interpreted them as cisterns. Wunderlich therefore assumed that the population lived in the plains and the so-called villas and palaces were mortuary temples.


The Secret of Crete: : A Controversial Account of Archaeological Detection

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