Traditionally divided between a proto-Palatial period (c. 2000-1700 BC) and a neo-Palatial period (c. 1700-1470 BC). A main feature of this civilization is its highly centralized socio-economic organization, the palaces being the focal points for agricultural and craft production, ritual activities and administrative recording (for which two scripts were used, the so-called Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A).
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