Libation and Offering Scene, Hagia Triada sarcophagus
Wall Painting at Knossos
Wall Painting at Knossos
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.)
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.
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.
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.