The city of Knossos was bigger and more prosperous than previously believed

The city of Knossos was bigger and more prosperous than previously believed

With the data obtained from the most recent excavations, it is suggested that the city of Knossos it managed to recover from the collapse of the socio-political system that occurred in the year 1200, which made it grow rapidly, becoming an important center of trade with the Aegean and many other areas of the Mediterranean.

This information was revealed by Antonis Kotsonas, from the University of Cincinnati at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies held a few weeks ago in San Francisco.

Explained that Knossos was recognized as an important site during the Greek Bronze Age, being the capital of Crete and where the palace of the famous King Minos was located and where the famous labyrinth was located.

Many scholars have studied the remains of the city for more than a century, although one of the most recent investigations reveals that the city underwent a major change that made it one of the most important of its time.

During the investigations carried out in recent years, many ceramic objects as well as artifacts dating back to the Iron Age have been recovered, where many of these relics were distributed in an area that was previously unexplored.

Now with the exploration done not too long ago, a great growth of the settlement has been revealed, discovering that it was much bigger than originally thought. Such was its fame that it received imports from Sardinia, the western Mediterranean, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Egypt, etc.

Kotsonas stated that there is no other place in the Aegean that had as many imports as those found in the ruins of Knossos.

In the first investigations, in-depth analyzes have been made on the ground, determining that Knossos was a densely populated nucleus stretching from the Knossos valley to the eastern slopes of the Acropolis and from the Vlychia stream in the south to approximately Kefala hill, making it clear the magnitude of this important city of which many more are gradually becoming known things and that surely will continue to surprise friends and strangers.

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