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3,500-year-old Minoan building found on Crete

A huge 80-room Minoan building which dates back 3,500 years has been uncovered on the island of Crete. In the past few years, the remains of an impressive and luxurious building from 3,500 years ago has seen the light. The building has two or three floors and some 80 rooms including

Earliest sample of Minoan hieroglyphics found on Crete

A sealstone made of red jasper and featuring the earliest example of Minoan hieroglphics has been found in Western Crete. A four-sided red jasper sealstone is among the finds unearthed during this season’s excavation of the Minoan peak sanctuary at Vrysinas, located south of the city of Rethymnon. The whole area

Cretan stone tools reveal 130,000-year-old sea travel

Ancient stone tools found on the island of Crete has pushes back the earliest evidence of sea travel in Greece by tens of thousands of years. Crete has been separated from the mainland for about five million years, so whoever made the tools must have traveled there by sea (a distance

2,700-year-old golden skeleton found on Crete

An ancient skeleton, covered in gold foil, has been unearthed from a grave discovered on the Greek island of Crete. Excavator Nicholas Stampolidis said his team discovered more than 3,000 pieces of gold foil in the 7th-century B.C. twin grave near the ancient town of Eleutherna. Cemeteries there have produced

Fortifications on Crete debunk myth of peaceful Minoan society

Archaeologists have found a fortification system at the Minoan toan of Gournia, debunking the popular myth that the Minoans were a peaceful society. The team weren’t able to excavate the area, and so relied on photography, drawing and surveying to identify the fortifications. The eastern-most promontory had a heavy wall

Evidence of ancient mariners found on Crete

Here is another article (see first one here) about evidence found on the island of Crete which suggests that early humans were seafaring much earlier than previously thought. Crete has been an island for more than five million years, meaning that the toolmakers must have arrived by boat. So

Palaeolithic tools tell tale of ancient seafaring

130,000-year-old tools found on the Crete are pushing the history of seafaring back by more than 100,000 years. The oldest uncontested marine crossing until recently was from Indonesia to Australia, dating to perhaps 60,000 years ago and made by anatomically modern humans of our own species, Homo sapiens, although we now

Found: The Minotaur’s Labyrinth on Crete

A stone quarry, riddled with an elaborate network of tunnels, on the Greek Island of Crete may be the original site of the Labyrinth, the maze which served as the home of the half-man/half-bull Minotaur. Working with experts from the Hellenic Speleological Society, the Oxford researchers found that the cave complex

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