Zakros, Crete

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Minoan palace on the east coast of the Aegean island of Crete situated above a fine natural harbour. Extensively excavated by Nikolaos Platon in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the site has blocks of rooms used as living quarters, public areas, and storage facilities around a central court. Unlike many Minoan palaces, Zakros appears not to have been built until the late Minoan period, around 1700 bc. The occupants of the palace were probably involved in long‐distance trade. The palace was destroyed by fire about 1450 bc, perhaps as a result of the eruption of Thera on Santorini. Associated with the palace is a terraced town with narrow streets.


N. Platon, 1971, Zakros: the discovery of a lost palace of ancient Crete. New York: Scribner

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