Cup mark

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue February. 18, 2018 2301 views

This stone with at least one artificially cup mark lays in the Center Court of the Minoan Palace of Malia (Crete). It's situated not far away from a room with a so called stone offering table (Kernos), but that doesn't mean it is in any way related to this table.

Cup marks can have very different reasons. Some holes in stones evolve from day by day use – like a counter bearing of a door. Some shallow holes are placed in a specific spot in a specific way for a specific purpose – whatever purpose it may have been. Some cups marks are a religious form of vandalism, because most pilgrims want to bring home some original dust as a reminder and relic from a holy place. They will harvest the "holy dust" by scratching with a sharp object from an already by other fanatics shallow spots marked place. More and more visitors will do that and in the end they will produce "pockmarked" stones around and inside holy places.

Whatever purpose this "canon ball" with a cup mark once had – I don't know. At least I posted a picture of something with "cup" in it, without being a obvious and real cup.

Central Court (around 1900 BC) with cup marked stone, storerooms (east magazines) in the background.

Central Court (around 1900 BC) with cup marked stone, storerooms (east magazines) in the background.

Kernos - shallow holes for the offerings.

Kernos - shallow holes for the offerings.

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 9 months ago

I am cup-ping my gut in laughter Sig, I love you adventures, that is one rock solid cup coster

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 9 months ago

wink I was confused by this mug/cup muddle/struggle - so I came up with something completely different.
Yesterday I was dissing it - again - and asked, If the "canon ball" could be a volcanic bomb. Santorin isn't that far away and the whole volcano exploded (Volcanic Explositivity Index 7 !!!) in 1613 BC.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

So great to be able to study how humankind was and behave in the past.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

... and end up with more questions than answers.  wink

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 9 months ago

Really like this ancient Star Bucks

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 9 months ago

*giggle*

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