New evidence for the Minoan palace at Zominthos
The Greek Ministry of Culture announced the conclusion of the 2016 excavation season at the Minoan palatial complex at Zominthos by the Greek Archaeological Society under the direction of Mrs. Efi Sapouna-Sakellarakis.
|Aerial view of the Minoan complex at Zominthos [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]|
Corridors, stairways, new pillared halls, polythyra (a system of doors set next to each) and skylights have been added to the majestic complex during the course of this year's excavations. The walls, which in places are preserved to a height of 2.5-3 metres, were covered with frescoes portraying plant, animal and architectural themes painted on thin plaster and reveal a particular sophistication.
|Wall fresco from Zominthos [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]|
Artefacts discovered at the site, such as inscribed altars, double-axes, bronze and clay incense burners, intricate lamps, rhyta, bronze figurines of worshippers and numerous other items, clearly attest to the religious character of the site.
|Hoard of bronze weapons discovered at Zominthos [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]|
With its typically religious character, the Zominthos complex enabled the descendants of the Knossian Dynasty not only to control the Idaion Andron, but to also mobilize the products of the mountain (wool and medicinal herbs) and export them to the markets of Egypt and the Near East.
|The new digital museum at Anogia [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]|
The Ministry of Culture also announced the opening of an innovative digital museum, erected by Efi Sapouna-Sakellaraki with the assistance of the Municipality Anogia, showcasing the history of the excavations and findings from Zominthos and the Idaion Cave.
Source: Greek Ministry of Antiquities [August 18, 2016]