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A Walk through Crete, Birthplace of the Minoans

The only way to truly appreciate the beauty and majesty of the landscape of Crete is to walk through it. There are more walking routes on the island than you can count; some are well-known or signposted, and others...

New DNA Tests Show Minoans' European Origins

A recently conducted DNA analysis on the remains of Minoans' skeletons found mainly in a cave in Lassithi, Crete, suggest beyond any doubt and previous speculation that the ancestors of the major Minoan civilization of the Bronze Age did...

Crete Wants Minoans on UNESCO List

Crete  is still pushing for Knossos to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is now preparing a new folder titled Minoan civilization, which will include the most important monuments on the island, such as Phaistos, Zakros and the archaeological site...

The Stunning Ancient Greek Temple of Aphaea on Aegina Island

The ancient Greek Temple of Aphaea on the Greek island of Aegina is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the country. The goddess Aphaea, who was associated with agriculture and fertility, is thought to be a local deity,...

Mycenaean Bronze Swords Uncovered in Greek Tomb

Three bronze swords dating back to the Mycenaean civilization were discovered recently near the city of Aegio, in the Peloponnese. The swords, among other finds, were found in an ancient tomb, dating back to the 12th to 11th century...

Did Ancient Greeks Reach America Long Before Columbus?

The suggestion that ancient Greeks reached America before Columbus may seem far-fetched but certain researchers think otherwise. The idea is based entirely on a new examination of a dialogue written by the Greek historian Plutarch, who lived from 46 to 119...

Heraklion: Discover the Capital of Crete

Heraklion, the capital of the Greek island of Crete, is an ancient city that perhaps is under-appreciated for its many attractions.

The Mystery of the Greek Skeletons Found in an Indian Lake

Researchers have determined that skeletons found at India's Roopkund Lake belonged to Greeks who visited the site in the 1800s.

Pentozali, the Gravity-Defying Traditional Dance of Crete

Pentozali is a gravity-bending traditional dance from Crete, where traditional ways of life still hold strong in many areas of the island.

Archaeologist Solves Mystery of the Phaistos Disc in Greece

The mystery of the Minoan Phaistos Disc has been "solved by 99 percent" says linguist and archaeologist Gareth Owens.

Inside the Magnificent Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete

The Palace of Knossos was the largest of the Minoan palaces in Crete. 

Medieval City of Rhodes to Undergo Major Restoration

The historic medieval city of Rhodes will be restored in a bid to preserve the historic city and prevent the damage that mass tourism often brings with it. The Greek Culture Ministry has formed a plan to preserve the beautiful...

The Scholars who Deciphered the Ancient Greek Script Linear B

If not for the incredible determination and talent of two scholars, Alice Kober and Michael Ventris, the ancient Greek script Linear B would likely remain a mystery today. While many linguists and archaeologists contributed to the decipherment of the script,...

Discover the Unique Greek Tea Made from Olive Leaves

Since the times of Ancient Greece people used leaves of the Greek olive tree as a folk medicine, which was also brewed as a tea. Today it remains popular, as many believe it stimulates the immune system and can...

Ten Must-Have Souvenirs From the Greek Island of Crete

Visitors to Crete always want to find just the right memories of Crete to take back home. Objects that tell a story of their own, that are characteristic of the land and that - sometimes - cannot be obtained...