DISTINCT, LATE BRONZE AGE (c. 1650 bc) WALL-PAINTINGS FROM AKROTIRI, THERA, COMPRISING ADVANCED GEOMETRICAL PATTERNS*
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2006
Volume 48, Issue 1, pages 97–114, February 2006
How to Cite
PAPAODYSSEUS, C., PANAGOPOULOS, TH., EXARHOS, M., FRAGOULIS, D., ROUSSOPOULOS, G., ROUSOPOULOS, P., GALANOPOULOS, G., TRIANTAFILLOU, C., VLACHOPOULOS, A. and DOUMAS, C. (2006), DISTINCT, LATE BRONZE AGE (c. 1650 bc) WALL-PAINTINGS FROM AKROTIRI, THERA, COMPRISING ADVANCED GEOMETRICAL PATTERNS*. Archaeometry, 48: 97–114. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2006.00245.x
- Issue published online: 31 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2006
- *Received 10 November 2003; accepted 25 May 2005.
- AEGEAN SEA;
- BRONZE AGE WALL-PAINTINGS;
- PATTERN RECOGNITION;
- CURVE FITTING;
- ORIGINS OF GEOMETRY
This paper studies a set of wall-paintings of the Late Bronze Age (c. 1650 bc) initially decorating the internal walls of the third floor of the edifice called ‘Xeste 3’, excavated at Akrotiri, Thera, whose restoration is now in progress. It deals with the methods used for the drawing of the geometrical figures appearing in these wall-paintings. It is demonstrated that most of the depicted configurations correspond with accuracy to geometrical prototypes such as linear spirals and canonical polygons. It is pointed out that the steady lines of the figures, their remarkable repeatability, the precision of the geometrical shapes and their even distribution in the wall-paintings indicate a very distinctive use of the ‘Xeste 3’ third floor, which is now investigated.