Closing the gap with humor.
Adding humor to the interpretation while making the Kommos archaeological site an archaeological park, culturally relevant and educationally memorable to a wide ranging audience, should be considered as we progress with the interpretation of the site. Humor would be an enhancement, as the subject matter is fascinating, the context is amazing and the interpretation will need to be accessible!
Why the Bull?
The bull played a prominent role in Minoan culture as bull images appear frequently on frescoes, metal castings, pottery and depictions of shrines and on architecture. Some artifact castings from the Kommos excavation indicating bulls are displayed here. The images of artifacts below are some of the better known depictions of Minoan bull leaping as referenced in the Zits comic strip.
“Taking the bull by the horns” – BBC Bull Leaper podcast: What the Zits adolescents missed
Additional related info – other BBC media on Minoan bull leaping that Mr. D would appreciate
The “All right Dad” gets with it – techno adoption.
Using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and podcasts will probably become part of the Kommos Archaeological Park interpretive plan. While a bull leaper fresco or bronze has not been discovered at Kommos, the Shaws have excavated cast bronze and ceramic bulls . Why were they there and what purpose did they serve, are questions that will probably be included in our plan for interpretation.
Kommos Conservancy Vice President Maria Shaw has published and lectured on the bull leaping, see her paper “Bull Leaping Frescoes at Knossos and their Influence on the Tell el-Dab a Murals” located on University of Toronto’s “T-space” website.
Another Maria Shaw paper on the subject is entitled: “Aegean Sponsors And Artists: Reflections Of Their Roles In The Patterns Of Distribution Of Themes And Representational Conventions in The Murals” Professor Shaw theorizes that Aegean itinerant artist produced the LM IB/II (1900-1700 BC) Egyptian fresco by comparing and contrasting Minoan, Aegean and mainland Mycenaean frescoes similarities and distinctions and this supplemented by a Table of the Distribution of Themes. Exclusiveness of use of the bull grappling and leaping in religious and palace contexts are related to the murals’ theocratic symbol of power theme. The official artistic expression of the bull fresco murals in palaces is made distinct from portable depictions of objects ….like the cast metal and ceramic bulls excavated at Kommos.