The Minoan palace at Zominthos, Crete
|General view of the Zominthos Central Building [Credit: Interactive Dig Crete: Zominthos Project]|
In the past few years, the remains of an impressive and luxurious building from 3,500 years ago has seen the light. The building has two or three floors and some 80 rooms including workshops and storage rooms over a surface of 1,360 square metres and it is in excellent state. Sapouna-Sakellaraki told To Vima weekly that it is the first Minoan mountain settlement built in the same period as the Palace of Knossos. The archaeologist also said this is the largest summer residence found so far from the Minoan era.
|Ground plan of the Zominthos Central Building [Credit: Interactive Dig Crete: Zominthos Project]|
Research so far has shown that three time periods emerge from the remains of the Palace of Zominthos; its first construction in 1900 BC, the second around 1600 BC at the height of its prosperity, when it was presumably destroyed by an earthquake and around 1400 BC when another building was built nearby.
|Aerial view of the Ceramics Workshop complex [Credit: Interactive Dig Crete: Zominthos Project]|
For more information about the excavations at Zominthos, visit Interactive Dig Crete: Zominthos Project
Source: ANSAMed [October 04, 2012]