Archaeology in Crete


This is a wonderful spirit-of-place site situated in the Mesara plain and second behind Knossos in importance in Minoan times, mythologically home of Rhadamanthys, Minos of Knossos’ brother
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A splendid site, a couple of kilometres to the west of the "palace" of phaistos, Aghia Triadha is known to have had a history dating back to the middle of the 4th milennium BC.
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One of the two ports of Knossos, Middle Minoan (c1900 BC) artifacts have been found here. Mentioned on Linear B tablets as A-Mi-Ni-So, and connected with the cults of Zeus and Eileithya.
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Known mostly to travellers as one of the most exquisite beaches on the island, Falassarna like almost every destination in Crete, has an ancient past steeped in historical significance.
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There are three sites here, all of enormous importance. The so-called "Summer Palace" of Archanes, is visible in parts, though the exceptionally pleasant modern town covers most of it.
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Within 15 or so kilometres east of Hania lie the remains of the hilltop town of Aptera with its breathtaking panoramic views.
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Archalochori lies 4KMs south of the palace of Galatas.
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The superb site at Eleutherna (pronounced 'Eleftherna') is a must for anybody interested in ancient history and/or archaeology. It is probably the best site in Rethymnon to visit.
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Galatas is the most recently discovered palace, and lies some 30KMs south of Herakleion, near to the village of the same name and not far from the site of Arkalochori.
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A splendid multi-period site, many in the past believed to be Knossos, due to its labyrinth of tunnels.
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Dating back to the EMIII period (around 2100 BC), the town of Gournia continued to be settled through to the late 13th C. BC, with occasional interruptions. It is a remarkably well-preserved site, and has been dubbed the "Pompeii of Crete".
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Excavated by Sir Arthur Evans, for the British School of Archaeology, throughout the early decades of the 20th century, Knossos is amongst the most important archaeological sites in the world.
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On the south coast, Kommos was a port used by Phaistos, Gortyna and Aghia Triadha. Beutifully situated, the excavation is ongoing, and has been expertly supervised by Joseph Shaw, of the American School of Archaeology at Athens.
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Situated in the province of Kastelli Pediados, northeast of the modern village of Lyttos, this is an extremely important post-Minoan site, known for its associations with Sparta during Classical times.
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Some 3 Kms east of the resort of the same name, Malia, with an area of 7,500 sq metres, is Crete’s third largest ‘palace’, and great for wandering around.
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First excavated during Nazi occupation, the dig was continued by the Greek Archaeological service in 1980, a large structure with 60-odd rooms, and some 40 pothoi vases, were discovered here, dating back to the late 18th century BC.
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A recent and ongoing excavation by the American School of Archaeology at Athens, has discovered stone age tools above Plakias, which 'prove' the arrival (and probable departure too), of the world’s first sea-farers.
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A series of houses built during the 16th C. BC, with further additions and alterations made in the following two centuries, before being destroyed in the 14th century BC, and re-occupied later.
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A late Minoan cemetery whose importance is enormous, not least because of the uncertainty of where those being buried came from. The rock into which the tombs were cut is very hard, which must have made the digging of them difficult, but in turn has served to preserve them.
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There’s not a great deal to see here, though vaulted tombs have been unearthed, dating back to around the end of the 13th century BC and the village and its environs has been in continuous occupation since then.
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An ancient city located near the village of Sougia, Lissos boasts remains of an ancient theatre, Roman tombs, and an aqueduct. Possibly the most precious finds are remnants of the ancient mosaic floors belonging to the Temple of Asklepios who was the Greco-Roman God of Healing.
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Yet another ancient city, Polyrhenia prospered during the Roman period on Crete. Founded by the Archaeans, there remain ruins from various Greek and Roman structures as well as highly impressive walls and reinforcement of its acropolis (built during the Byzantine era).
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One lonesome stone tower lies secluded between the small coastal village of Loutro and the Bay of Finix. In the past the ancient town and port of Finikas (or Phoenix) lay just west of the promontory in Loutro.
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Close to the village of Koleni is the small village of Rokka, also known for its somewhat precarious location beside the Rokka Gorge. Overlooking the village are relics of a Venetian fort with remains of various buildings and some cistern graves.
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