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"