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TITLE Νέα ΥΜΙΙΙ εγκατάσταση στον άξονα βορρά-νότου: επάρκεια πρώτων υλών και ροές αγαθών
AUTHOR Τζεδάκις Γιάννης , Κολυβάκη Βίκη
LANGUAGE Ελληνικά / Greek
PUBLISH DATE 15.10.2019
KEYWORDS Νεκρόπολη, Μινωική εγκατάσταση, Μινωική θέση, Αρμένοι, Μινωική κεραμεική, φυσικά περάσματα την ΥΜ περίοδο, ημιπολύτιμοι λίθοι τη Μινωική περίοδο, τοπικό εργαστήριο κεραμεική Αρμένων, Λάρνακες Αρμένων, Μινωικοί σφραγιδόλιθοι, ενεπίγραφος ψευδόστομος Αμφορέας, Γραμμική Β' στο Ρέθυμνο, Ρέθυμνο: άξονας Βορρά-Νότου
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One of the new peripheral centres in western Crete during the LMIII period is the town that built the wealthy LMIII Armenoi Necropolis with its 232 excavated chamber tombs and its impressive finds (decorated vases and larnakes, bronzes, jewellery, stirrup jar with Linear B inscription, sealstones and stele).

The town, which appears to have covered the hill where the modern village of Kastellos now stands, is an ideal location, as it would have been able to control the roads and paths on a north/south axis, and traffic in agricultural and bovine products as cited in the Linear B tablets.

Apart from these products, semi-precious stones have been found all along this N/S axis and these would have formed part of the commerce of the town. In addition, the presence of so many bronze weapons in the tombs leads us to the conclusion that copper was also transported along this north-south route. The town would have controlled the flow of copper coming from the south of the island as imports from Cyprus stopped in LMIII.

The finds in the tombs give the strong indication that the population of the town during its two-hundred-year history, was predominantly Minoan, with minimal evidence of Mycenaean presence.

To conclude, the name of the town is da-22-to as listed in tablet G820 from Knossos.