Buell agrees when most people think of minoan archaeology they think in terms of the palaces as these monolithic elements devoid of settlements but at gournia we have the settlement and the . Minoan crete the minoan civilization was a bronze age civilization that flourished on the island of crete it was an important maritime and trading power and it developed a sophisticated culture that produced great artworks it is widely believed that the civilization was the first in europe and was critical in the development of ancient greece. The greek state is expropriating the site from a farmer and it will eventually be developed as an archaeological park the dig has received financial support from the institute for aegean prehistory ruins of a minoan settlement dating to between 1700 and 1450 bc along daskaloyanni street in chania crete. My favourite archaeological destination has to be the greek island of crete after the downfall of the myceneans crete was ruled by various ancient greek societies until the romans conquered the island in 69 bc and made gortyn their capital it is a consequence of the work by sir arthur evans that knossos and the minoan civilization has . Ancient crete provides an integrated up to date chronological examination of prehistoric crete during the extent of the minoan civilization incorporating a century of archaeological discoveries made on the island within a single intellectual and theoretical framework
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