Phaistos Palace, mason’s marks photogallery

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Phaistos, Crete

More than 220 mason’s marks are reported at Phaistos by Luigi Pernier in 1935, mostly connected to the First Palace. Some characteristics, as their positioning upon hidden faces of the blocks or traces of plastering testify that they were hidden from view after the completing of the palace; for these reasons we may argue that they were more likely connected to the building phases than to the symbolic decoration of the palace. [photogallery]

by AA



Phaistos Palace, mason’s marks photogallery

More than 220 mason’s marks are reported at Phaistos by Luigi Pernier in 1935, mostly connected to the First Palace (Pernier 1935: 399-415), which is dated 1900-1700 BC. Pernier published also a complete catalogue of Phaistos Palace marks. Some characteristics, as their positioning upon hidden faces of the blocks or traces of plastering testify that they were hidden from view after the completing of the palace; for these reasons we may argue that they were more likely connected to the building phases than to the symbolic decoration of the palace…

If interested, you may read the related TRACCE paper:
Phaistos, Crete, cup-marks and other signs.


Photogallery of the Phaistos mason’s marks (click to enlarge; 23 images, pictures by AA)



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