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Evans, Arthur J.
The Palace of Minos: a comparative account of the successive stages of the early Cretan civilization as illustred by the discoveries at Knossos (Band 3): The great transitional age in the northern and eastern sections of the Palace — London, 1930

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§ 8o. 'East Corridor', linking East Bastion and Stepvvay with
' Domestic Quarter ': newly discovered ' East Portico ' and Later
' East Stairs'.

Fortificatory aspect of East Bastion and wall-lines—special preservation
owing to recess in East slope ; ' South-East stairs' from Domestic Quarter to
' Corridor of Labyrinth' ; ' North-East stairs' from same and side access to
'Laundry' steps; 'East Corridor' Main line from 'Domestic Quarter'
to stepway leading to ' East Postern'; Earlier Magazines of ' Corded
pit hoi' tinder lying its entrance system; Blocking of' East Corridor'—its date at
first mistakenly referred to M. M. Ill; Proves to be work of later squatters,
with L. M. Ill pottery beneath it; Division of Entrance Hall of East
Corridor ' in M. M. Ill b / Doorway opening on ' Court of Stone Spout' with
massive threshold slab; East boundary of 'Court of Stone Spout'; Dis-
covery of Verandah on its North side; 'Room of Stone Pier'; Lapidary's
store of zvorked blocks of Spartan basalt; Workshop above with unfinished
Amphoras ; Bowl of Spartan basalt from 'Royal Tomb'; Presumed wooden
steps from lower Store-room to tipper Workshop ; ' Lobby of the Wooden Posts'
—block above Balustrade pier raised to original position; Characteristic
M. M. Ill timbering; Symmetrical reversing of W. and E. balustrades;
Discovery of ' East Portico'—massive foundation blocks of four columns;
Agreeable open-air retreat from closed areas; Later ' East Stairs '—con-
structed after a seismic collapse; Great Deposit of L. M. la pottery beneath
steps—vessels of ordinary use; Numerous Artisans within Palace; Minoan
jloiver-pots ; Comparison with similar contemporary deposits—signs of severe
dislocation c. 1520 B.C. / Evidence for dating spiral decoration in neighbouring

Fortifica- The East Bastion, with its postern gate above its winding staircase

pect of and elaborate water system, formed far and away the most important feature
E. Bas- 0£ ^ Palace border alono- the foot of the slope on this side. In its

tion and & r

wall- repaired and partially reconstituted form, as will be seen from Fig. 170, it still

forms a magnificent monument. Although, as shown above, a work of the
Great Restoration after the Earthquake that took place during the later
phase of M. M. Ill, it is the only part of the enceinte that—together with
a section of the Northern wall-lines—has preserved to our day a fortificatory
aspect '

1 See above, p. 6.