Minoan is the name given to the palaces built c.1900-1400 BC on the Aegean Island of Crete. Characteristic features are columns tapering downwards, simple capitals and richly-coloured surfaces, including notable frescos. The Mycenaeans of mainland Greece were influenced by the Minoans from about 1600 BC and appear to have taken control of Crete c.1400 BC. Their kings built citadels and beehive tombs. They were overthrown by Doric invasions c.1100 BC.
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The Ancient City of Aptera
History, photographs, description of recent archaeological excavations, topographical map, and related links provided.
Ian Swindale provides photographs and concise descriptions of all the major Minoan sites in Crete. A chronology is available in a separate box for ease of reference.
The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean
Dartmouth College provides searchable text, galleries of expandable thumbnail photographs and bibliographies on topics including Minoan and Mycenean architecture.
Cretan Minoan Finds
Archaeology magazine reports on a newly discovered Minoan palace 20 miles south of Heraklion, Crete. Includes illustrations. (April 15, 1998)
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