Archaeological evidence suggests that Minoan Astronomy had been quite advanced during the 2nd millennium B.C.

Of the three great cultures of the ancient eastern Mediterranean — the Babylonian, Egyptian, and Minoan — we have considerable knowledge of the astronomy of the first two through their documents. Very little written material, however, has survived from Minoan Crete, but the evidence of other impressive archaeological discoveries implies that the inhabitants were on a par with their neighbors and had made similar advances in astronomy. Continue reading “Archaeological evidence suggests that Minoan Astronomy had been quite advanced during the 2nd millennium B.C.”

Strong evidence for the earliest known seafaring (no later than ca. 130,000 y.B.P.) in the Mediterranean found in Crete, Greece

In this article we present a summary on the exciting Lower Palaeolithic findings from Crete, Greece, which are believed to imply maritime capabilities of early humans before 130,000 B.P. and even as old as 700,000 B.P. Continue reading “Strong evidence for the earliest known seafaring (no later than ca. 130,000 y.B.P.) in the Mediterranean found in Crete, Greece”

Ritual human sacrifice in the Mycenaean palace of Kydonia?

In Aulis, it was perhaps a fair wind that had to be secured by Iphigenia’s sacrifice, but in ancient Kydonia, on the Kasteli hill of Chania in Crete, it was an earthquake and the chthonic deities that, according to the customs and “logic” of the time, needed to be placated by the ancient Kydonians resorting to human sacrifice(s)… Continue reading “Ritual human sacrifice in the Mycenaean palace of Kydonia?”

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