Presentation on theme: "Ceremonial Center at Móchlos This was the largest building in the ancient Minoan town. Now in ruins, its importance can be recognized by the cut stone."— Presentation transcript:
Ceremonial Center at Móchlos This was the largest building in the ancient Minoan town. Now in ruins, its importance can be recognized by the cut stone (Ashlar) construction, which was not used for homes and other common structures during those times.
Artist’s Reconstruction of Ceremonial Center This three story building is the place where religious, administrative and community activities took place. The “horns of consecration” (U-shaped decorations) on the roof identify it as a religious center. These symbols are found at all important Minoan centers.
“Horns of Consecration” Arthur Evans, who excavated the Palace of Knossos, called this symbol the horns of consecration. It is thought to represent the horns of the sacred bull, which had an important role in Minoan religious rituals. Horns of consecration in stone or clay were placed on the roofs of buildings, or on tombs or shrines, probably as signs of sanctity of the structure. The symbol sometimes appears with a labrys (double- edged axe) which was used in the Minoan bull sacrifice.
More than a religious center? Signage for the ceremonial center provides interesting bits of information about the items uncovered during the excavation. Some of these items suggest that the center was not used just for religious purposes. It may also have been a business center. For example, “balance pans” are part of a scale, perhaps like the one shown here. And the “lead weight” would be used with the scale to weigh various trade goods.