Jennifer Palmer

Jennifer Palmer

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Doctoral Researcher

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Title of thesis: An Analysis of Late Bronze Age Aegean Glyptic Motifs of a Religious Nature


Supervisor: Dr Ken Wardle

Doctoral research

PhD title An Analysis of Late Bronze Age Aegean Glyptic Motifs of a Religious Nature
Supervisor Dr Ken Wardle
Course Classics and Ancient History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)


My research focuses upon the motifs of a religious nature that were engraved upon seal stones and rings by the Minoans of Crete and the Mycenaeans of the Greek mainland. These artefacts functioned as jewellery but were also used to make impressions in clay for administrative purposes. Their iconography provides an incredibly valuable resource for the study of Aegean religion, especially in the absence of religious texts.

The purpose of my thesis is to ascertain to what extent an analysis of glyptic iconography can, firstly, expand our knowledge of religious practices in the Late Bronze Age Aegean, and, secondly, elucidate the nature of the relationship between Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece. The latter aim is achieved by undertaking a comparative analysis between the glyptic iconography of the Cretan Neopalatial Period and that of the Greek mainland and post-Late Minoan IB Crete. This analysis identifies the specific changes that occurred from circa 1470 BCE onwards and establishes which of these originated on the mainland, thereby emphasising the Mycenaeans’ contribution to the glyptic repertoire.