Minoan buildings oriented with the use of a magnetic compass?

The Declination Angle is the angle between Magnetic North (horizontal component direction as shown by a magnetic compass) and True North. Continue reading “Minoan buildings oriented with the use of a magnetic compass?”

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.”

Evidence of violence and martial readiness in Minoan Crete

Just how peace loving were the Minoans? Why did they not leave behind images of wars, battles and walls despite their contacts with other eastern peoples who were their contemporaries and who used such representations? Were the inhabitants of Minoan Crete perhaps ‟flower children” living among the lilies and passing their time with bullfights and festivities in meadows and olive groves? Continue reading “Evidence of violence and martial readiness in Minoan Crete”

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