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This volume represents a tribute by friends and colleagues to Jan Driessen, a brilliant and inspiring scholar, passionate about archeology in general an Aegean prehistory in particular. Jan Driessen has led important excavations in Crete at Knossos, Pakaikastro, Malia, Myrtos-Pyrgos, and Monastiraki, and most notably has directed the Sissi Archeological Project since 2007. He also collaborated on projects on Cyprus, at Maroni and Pyla, in Turkey at Sagalasss, and in Syria at Beydar.
Organised into eight parts, the different papers speak of Jan's major contributions to various issues in Aegan prehistory and Cretan Bronze Age archeologu. As pointed out by several authors, Jan's scholarship has been peripatetic, covering Linear Bepigraphy, architecture, settlement patterns and political geography, social organisation, political structure and crisis studies. Jan's impact in these research fields has been ground-breaking, as it has often profoundly altered the conceptuel consensus or status quo that predominated in each of them. In particular, several contributions discuss the social configuration of Minoan society, stemmin from his adaptation of Levi-Strauss'House Society model, which significantly reframed our undeerstanding of Cretan Bronze Age collective agencies. A final chapter, written by several members of the Sissi team, is intended as a tribute to the innumerable opportunities Jan gave so generously to members of the Sissi Archeological Project, fostering new research agendas and paving the way for the future of Minoan archaeology.