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Has the Mystery of the Ancient Phaistos Disc Been Solved?

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

The Ancient Greeks From Crete Who Founded a City in South Asia

Long ago, a substantial ancient Greek population from the island of Crete lived in the ancient city of Daedala, located in south Asia. Located in a strategically and geopolitically important region, in the modern nation-state of Pakistan on the border...

Did the War Between Atlantis and the Greeks Really Happen?

In Plato's account of Atlantis, found in both Timaeus and Critias, the legendary island civilization supposedly fought a war against the Greeks. This is a vital part of the account, for it is the whole reason why Plato included it in...

Was Atlantis a Minoan Civilization on Santorini Island?

Researchers have been speculating about the location or nature of Atlantis since Plato first wrote about it. A huge variety of theories have arisen, especially in modern times. Popular theories include identifying Atlantis with the Azores, Antarctica, or South...

Is the Lost Atlantis Mentioned in the Bible?

In the fourth century BCE, Plato wrote about the legend of Atlantis. The general belief is that he was the very first person to write about it. This has led many to claim that Plato invented the story. However,...

Akrotiri, Santorini—the Bronze Age City Preserved in Volcanic Ash

Akrotiri, the 3,600-year-old city on the island of Santorini buried by ash from a gigantic volcanic eruption in 1650 BC, frozen in its Bronze Age glory, serves as an exquisite time capsule for contemporary archaeologists who learn more every...

Where Was Mythical Atlantis Located?

The search for Atlantis, the mighty civilization that disappeared into the sea, has preoccupied researchers for centuries. Some place it in the Aegean Sea, others in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and still others in the Atlantic Ocean. According to details...

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...

Was Atlantis’ Temple of Poseidon the Palace of Knossos in Crete?

Plato's account of the lost civilization of Atlantis includes a description of a marvelous temple of god Poseidon. It was said to have been in the center of Atlantis, so it was a very prominent part. However, in most...

Zominthos: The Ancient Minoan Palace on Crete’s Highest Mountain

The ancient Minoan palace of Zominthos on Crete located about 1,200 meters (nearly 4,000 feet) above sea level shows that Minoans were not just seafarers but highlanders too. Discovered in 1984 and nestled in a plateau on Mt. Psiloritis (or...