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procession knossos by Jubran

procession knossos by Jubran

The Snake Godess of Crete by John Duncan, 1917, from Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe by Donald A. Mackenzie

The Snake Godess of Crete by John Duncan, 1917, from Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe by Donald A. Mackenzie

The Thera tsunami devastates a Minoan settlement. Image by Roger Payne

The Thera tsunami devastates a Minoan settlement. Image by Roger Payne

By Ewen Callaway - When the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans discovered the 4,000-year-old Palace of Minos on Crete in 1900, he saw the vestiges of a long-lost civilization whose artifacts set it apart from later Bronze-Age Greeks. Ancient DNA recovered from Cretan caves suggests that the Minoan civilization emerged from the early farmers who settled the islands thousands of years earlier

DNA Points To Surprising Origin For Ancient Island Civilization

By Ewen Callaway - When the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans discovered the 4,000-year-old Palace of Minos on Crete in 1900, he saw the vestiges of a long-lost civilization whose artifacts set it apart from later Bronze-Age Greeks. Ancient DNA recovered from Cretan caves suggests that the Minoan civilization emerged from the early farmers who settled the islands thousands of years earlier

Minoans of Crete ~ "Sacrifice of bulls, animal symbol of the king. Another emblem of power was the double ax (the background), call labris. From this term derives the word 'labyrinth': The Palace of axes"

Minoans of Crete ~ "Sacrifice of bulls, animal symbol of the king. Another emblem of power was the double ax (the background), call labris. From this term derives the word 'labyrinth': The Palace of axes"

Minoan warriors with libyan prisoners in the city of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini, before a volcano blew half the island into the air. 1600 BC Bronze Age - art by Giuseppe Rava

Minoan warriors with libyan prisoners in the city of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini, before a volcano blew half the island into the air. 1600 BC Bronze Age - art by Giuseppe Rava

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