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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Contribution of the Archanes Excavations

The excavations in the area of Archanes have made significant contributions to our knowledge of Minoan Crete. The chronological sequence of rich burials from EM II to LM III at Archanes is unmatched in Crete. These burial assemblages demonstrate the changing funerary habits of EM II – LM III Crete. Because precious foreign objects often accompany the owner to the grave, the finds from the Archanes cemetery illustrate the range of Cretan overseas contacts during the Bronze Age. The architectural complex at Archanes has shown that a “Palatial” complex can exist in close proximity to urban centers such as Knossos.