Abstract–Minoan Communities and Commemorative Practices: the Late Prepalatial to Protopalatial Tholos Tomb A at Apesokari/Crete

The presentation examines the communal Tholos Tomb A at Apesokari in south-central Crete as the diachronic locus of the commemorative practices employed by one of the kinship groups of the community inhabiting the nearby habitation site on Vigla hill. The commemorative practices are reconstructed through the layout and the burial assemblage of the tomb as a continuum of multi-staged mortuary rituals; these extend from the inhumation of the corpse to the secondary manipulation of the disarticulated remains after decomposition, as well as to private and collective rites reflecting the incorporation of the deceased into the world of the group ancestors.