Minoan Crete

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoan_civilization
"Minoan civilization was a bronze-aged civilization that arose on the island of Crete and came to dominate the shores and islands of the Aegean Sea. The civilization flourished as a maritime power from approximately the 27th century to the 15th century BC. It was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century by British archaeologist Arthur Evans. Will Durant referred to this civilization as "the first link in the European chain."[1] Hominids first appeared on Crete approximately 130,000 years ago, during the Middle Paleolithic age. Axes, of the type that has been attributed to Homo erectus in Africa and which comprised local quartz rather than flint, have been found at Preveli Gorge in southern Crete.[2] Archaeological evidence points to the island's settlement between the late 8th and early 7th millennia BC.[3] However, it was not until 5000 BC that the first signs of advanced agriculture appeared. Minoan civilization is considered to have begun with the palace complexes that appeared in the Bronze Age. The relationships of the Minoans with the more ancient peoples of Crete are unknown."

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Minoan Crete on Google Earth


If you have Google Earth in your computer, download and then view this Aegean Minoan GIS Mapping file in Google Earth. In the left hand panel of Google Earth you will find a list of archaeological sites to visit. Double click on the site you want to visit and Google Earth will zoom in on the archaeological site.
When you close Google Earth you will be asked if you want to save the file to My Places. Click yes and it will be permanently stored on your computer.


The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/mino/hd_mino.htm

The Minoans: Ancient Civilization of Crete



https://youtu.be/HXjbvB4w_no

Bettany Hughes visits Crete to recount the story one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made.
The tale of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth is perhaps the most compelling of all Greek myths. Just over 100 years ago, English archaeologist Arthur Evans went to the 'Minotaur's Island' to explore the roots of this myth and discovered instead a sophisticated Bronze Age civilisation that had been lost to history for thousands of years.
He called them The Minoans, and the riches of their culture astonished the world, prompting Evans to proclaim them the first civilisation of the Western World.
But was this view unduly romantic? Recent archaeological discoveries have added fascinating layers of complexity to the picture originally painted by Evans.

The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately the 27th century BC to the 15th century BC. It was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century through the work of the British archaeologist Arthur Evans. Will Durant referred to it as "the first link in the European chain." The early inhabitants of Crete settled as early as 128,000 BC, during the Middle Paleolithic age. However, it was not until 5000 BC that the first signs of advanced agriculture appeared.

Knossos Palace Reconstruction Crete 3D


Digital Reconstruction of Knossos Palace Reconstruction Crete




Water management


Go to this page of this wiki to read about water management in Knossos, and about springs and aquifers.