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image source Burke says, “Crete is relatively poor in natural resources: there are no major deposits of metals on the island, which is remarkable considering that the people of Crete became famous for their crafting skills…
I have read two of these scholarly tomes, and since I don’t have much familiarity with ancient history, I have had to re-read them a few times.
Burke’s premise is that following craft activity through a society should help us discover facets of the society’s structure, politics, and economy.
Since the Minoans are credited with creating the first civilization in Europe, they are a good place to start.
They lived on Crete, which is about halfway between Greece and Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Cretan settlement Knossos , the oldest European city, was first settled about 7000 BC, still in the Stone Age.
The earliest textile equipment found in Knossos (clay spindle whorls and loom weights) are dated to about 3750 BC.* These early remains are found scattered throughout the site, suggesting that all the steps to make cloth were done in individual households.