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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Early Ceramics of Archanes

The systematic excavational activity in the Archanes region brought to light a considerable amount of ceramics, the study of which can elucidate their stylistic evolution in north-central Crete. This opinion is based on the fact that Archanes, as opposed to Knossos, represent a modern excavation with stratified groups of ceramics, where a detailed excavational diary is kept. The relation of cooperation between the ceramic workshops of Archanes and that of Knossos is clear and obvious due to the proximity of the two centres, nevertheless Archanes can by no means be considered as a sattelite of Knossos. A series of unique pottery found in Archanes perfectly supports the independence of its workshops.