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.
Minoans’ Sophisticated Diet Included Imported Spices From Asia
The Minoans were a remarkable people with a civilization far advanced for its time in many ways with artwork and palaces replete with riches beyond description; now, we know that their diet was as rich and varied as their...
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...
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...
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...
Decoding Linear A, the Writing System of the Ancient Minoans
Linear A, a writing system that was used by the ancient Minoans from 1800 to 1450 BC, has never been fully decrypted. Used in governmental and religious writings of the Minoan Civilization, the script has intrigued and frustrated experts for centuries. Now,...
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...
Santorini Volcano in Greece to Erupt Again, Scientists Warn
A group of scientists believe the cosmopolitan island is “at high risk for volcanically- and seismically-induced hazards.
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.
Roman Port, Stunning Amphorae Discovered Under Sea Off Crete
Treasures from the Roman era of Greek history were discovered recently at the bottom of the sea on the Gulf of Paleokastro near the town of Sitia on the Greek island of Crete. The underwater research, undertaken by the Ephorate...
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