The Neolithic Labyrinth

Social Change at Knossos before the Bronze Age


  • Cyprian Broodbank University of Oxford



Knossos, Neolithic, community, society


Neolithic Crete has long been portrayed as a slow-moving backwater. Analysis of data from the large tell site at Knossos challenges this view by demonstrating that the Neolithic settlement underwent a period of rapid growth and sudden cultural change during the earlier fifth millennium. These phenomena are most convincingly interpreted as indicators of an internal transformation in Knossos's social structure, and they suggest the emergence of a Neolithic community of some complexity. The methods and conclusions of this study may have implications for approaches to later social change in Bronze Age Crete.

Author Biography

  • Cyprian Broodbank, University of Oxford
    Cyprian Broodbank is a Junior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford. He holds an MA (Oxon) in Modern History, and an MA (Bristol) in Aegean and Anatolian Prehistory, and has been engaged since 1987 in doctoral research at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. He is currently completing his dissertation on colonization, interaction and culture in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cyclades. His broader research interests include the prehistory and history of the Mediterranean and Near East, and the study of island societies.






How to Cite

Broodbank, C. (1992). The Neolithic Labyrinth: Social Change at Knossos before the Bronze Age. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 5(1), 39-75.