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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