An amazing labyrinth, which is about 4 thousand years old, was excavated in Crete

15.06.2024/22/30 XNUMX:XNUMX    3

Researchers in Crete managed to discover a circular labyrinth at an altitude of 494 meters above sea level - the labyrinth may be about 4000 years old and represent the Minoan style of architecture.

About this said in the press release of the Ministry of Culture of Greece.

It is noted that the find, which was found on the hill of Papura, which rises above the city of Castelli in Crete, is located at an altitude of 494 meters above sea level - it has no analogues in Minoan archeology.

The circular structure with a diameter of about 48 meters covers an area of ​​1800 square meters. The complex itself consists of eight stacked stone rings with an average thickness of 1,40 meters - they form a central circular building, known as Zone A, with a diameter of 15 meters, which is divided into four quadrants.

The monumental find is divided into two clearly defined zones. Zone A, the round "heart" of the complex, is surrounded by Zone B, which is 6,9 meters wide. This outer zone is pierced by radial walls that intersect the rings, forming a labyrinth of smaller rooms.

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Non-classical planning creates the impression of a labyrinth, where rooms are connected by narrow passages. The researchers discovered two probable main entrances, located on the southwest and northwest sides.

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni emphasized the importance of excavations for a full understanding and protection of the monument. She indicated:

"This is a unique find of great interest. There is a solution to ensure that the archaeological research of the monument is completed and that it is fully protected«.

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Perhaps the labyrinth in Crete will be the key to unraveling the not yet revealed pages of the Minoan civilization and will give us a new understanding of the life, beliefs and rituals of the people of that time.

It is worth noting that the flourishing of the Minoan civilization lasted for three millennia, from 3000 to 1100 BC. It is considered the first European high culture, and among its achievements are:

  • a developed system of trade that spanned long distances,
  • sophisticated works of art that reveal the secrets of beliefs, society and life of that time,
  • monumental architectural complexes.
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The decline of this great civilization is still shrouded in mystery. It is traditionally associated with the powerful eruption of the Santorini volcano, which occurred around 1627 BC. However, recent studies challenge this theory, and scientists put forward new hypotheses, trying to unravel the real reasons for the fall.