Libation and Offering Scene, Hagia Triada sarcophagus


Wall Painting at Knossos

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Wall Painting at Knossos

"Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled."   Titus 1:15

The Mediterranean World of Bible Archaeology

Archaeological Sites in Crete

Reports of Excavations in Crete. The rebuilding of Knossos by Sir Arthur Evans has been the subject of contention, some arguing that it was not a palace but merely a large store complex.

Today, ex post facto Evans's work, this may appear difficult to prove one way or another. HOWEVER, the longstanding tales of Greek mythology that relate the story of King Minos and the tribute he

extracted from the cities of Attica are too strong and coherent to be swept under the table. Quite clearly, at some point the Minoan empire ruled the Aegean Sea - Herodotus and Thucydides refer to the Minoan control of the Aegean, and the consequent cessation of piracy, and colonization of the Cyclades.

It is interesting to see that a recent grave discovery at Mycenae, reported to be the biggest discovery on mainland Greece in decades, contains many highly accomplished jewelry pieces, that are tentatively being interpreted as the work of Minoan artists. (See reference below.)

  Minoan Archaeological Sites
Listing of archaeological sites in Crete.

  Explore Crete
Archaeology, Mythology and History of Crete - Archaeological sites and Museums in Crete. Comprehensive listing.

  Gournia Excavations, Crete
Gournia is located about 20 minutes driving time east of Agios Nikolaos in East Crete, on the northern coast near to the village of Pacheia Ammos. In 1901 - 1904 Harriet Boyd Hawes excavated the center of this Minoan town, revealing a system of cobbled streets, 47 houses, a central court, palace and cemetery. Of all sites in the Aegean, Gournia gives the visitor the clearest idea what a town in Late Bronze Greece looked like. Excavations are continuing.

  Rare Unlooted Grave of Wealthy Warrior Uncovered in Greece
Archaeologists at Pylos hail this burial, untouched for 3,500 years, as the biggest discovery on mainland Greece in decades. They speculate that some of the highly sophisticated jewelry it contains may be Cretan in origin.

  Interactive Dig Crete - Zominthos Project.
This important second-millennium B.C. site, located about 1,200 meters (nearly 4,000 feet) above sea level, lies on the ancient route between the palace at Knossos, the Minoans’ primary administrative center, and the sacred Ideon Cave. Zominthos is the only mountaintop Minoan settlement ever to have been excavated and is yielding groundbreaking information.

  The Azoria Project in Crete
The Azoria Project is the excavation of an Early Iron Age and Archaic site (ca. 1200-500 B.C.) on the island of Crete in the Greek Aegean. Fieldwork is conducted by permission of the Greek Ministry of Culture under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Archaeological Service of Eastern Crete.

  Azoria - Researchers Investigate Archaic City-State in Crete
This ancient site in eastern Crete may now be providing some answers to the questions of how and why the earliest Archaic city-states on this important Greek island of the Aegean developed and emerged more than 2,500 years ago.

  The Palace of Knosós
3D Virtual Reality Tour of the palace of Knossos and its surroundings. Because some parts of the Knossos site are not open to the public, the British School at Athens, in co-operation with the KG EPKA and the University of Glasgow, has created this 3D virtual reality tour to allow users access to the entire site

  History of Crete
Cretan history from bronze age down to the 17th C, with paragraphs on Crete in the Old and New Testaments, and Paul's visit to Crete.

  Summer Volunteer Work at an Archeological Dig in Crete
Excellent article about first-hand experience at an excavation of the Minoan culture in Mochlos, Crete (2008).

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  Introduction - A Vast Historical Panorama
  Excavations in Progress - Israel
  Excavations in Progress - Jordan
  Excavations in Progress - Syria
  Excavations in Progress - Turkey
  Excavations in Progress - Greece
  Excavations in Progress - Italy
  Excavations in Progress - Crete
  Excavations in Progress - Cyprus
  Excavations in Progress - Egypt
  Excavations in Progress - Yemen
  The Exodus Mystery: A Journey In Dispute
  Pool of Siloam Jerusalem
  Noah's Ark
  Volunteer for a Dig
  Mediterranean Archaeology Photo Sites
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