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Ancient Minoans genetically related to Europeans

DNA analysis performed on a 4,000-year-old skeleton suggests that the Minoan civilization was founded by the descendants of the first European populations and not from Egyptians as a previous theory proposed. To test that idea, the research team analyzed DNA from ancient Minoan skeletons that were sealed in a cave in

War was a defining part of the Minoan civilization

Most people think of the Minoans as a peaceful society, but new research suggests that war was a defining part of their culture. Hunting scenes often featured shields and helmets, Molloy found, garb more suited to a warrior's identity than to a hunter's. Preserved seals and stone vessels show daggers, spears

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

Underwater robots used to search for Minoan shipwrecks

Researchers are using underwater robots to search for Minoan shipwrecks in the Aegean sea. His four-week survey of the waters around Crete last October is part of a long-term effort to catalogue large numbers of ancient shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea. And the grand prize would be a wreck from one

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

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