University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Religious Center of the City of Knossos: Excavations of a Plot in the Modern Village

Thursday 02 November 2017
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Penn Museum

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Dr. Athanasia Kanta, Director Emerita, 23rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Director of the Study Center of Cretan and Mediterranean Archaeology at Monastiraki Amari,Rethymnon

Excavations at the upper village of Knossos in recent years have brought to light the religious center of the town.

Our rescue excavation took place for a few months in 2011 and 2012 and then continuously from 2013 to March 2017. 525 square meters have been excavated to a maximum depth of 8.5m.

Although the area gave a hint that remains of a cultic character might be expected, nothing prepared us for the diachronic evidence of cult from the Protopalatial period (1900 BC) to the Roman period (2nd century AD) and perhaps later. Architectural finds combined with sculpture and artifacts of precious metals clearly indicate the way cultural tradition is transmitted through the centuries.

Free Admission.
5:30 pm reception. 6:00 pm lecture.

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