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Minoan-Era Structures Uncovered in Crete

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Crete Minoan NecklaceSISSI, CRETE—An international team of archaeologists under the direction of Jan Driessen of the Belgian School at Athens, in collaboration with Greece’s Lasithi Antiquities Ephorate, has conducted excavations at a Minoan-era settlement in eastern Crete. This season, the team members uncovered a monumental building destroyed by fire around 2500 B.C. What was left of this structure was incorporated in about 1700 B.C. into a complex of monumental buildings, arranged around a central court measuring more than 100 feet long. The complex featured decorated plaster flooring and a terracotta drain. A box-shaped grave containing a woman’s intact skeleton dating to the post-Minoan era was uncovered near this building site. She had been buried with a copper mirror with an ivory handle, copper dress pins, and a necklace made up of 15 olive-shaped gold beads and smaller gold beads. The researchers said such graves are usually discovered at the Minoan sites of Archanes and Knossos, near Crete’s north-central coast, and the site of Chania further to the west. To read about a burial discovered at the site of Pylos that incorporated both Minoan and Mycenaean cultural artifacts, go to "World of the Griffin Warrior." 

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