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Phaistos and Hagia Triada, Crete

Nature volume 71, page 465 (16 March 1905) | Download Citation



IN the south of Central Crete, a day's journey from Candia on a good horse, lies the scene of discoveries no less important than those of Dr. A. J. Evans at Knossos. They consist of the ruins of two palaces, one large and one small, but both built on the same general plan and with the same materials (stone and concrete) as that which has made Dr. Evans famous. There can be no doubt that all three belong to one age and one social system; that they were under one Government is clear from the fact that none of the three were fortresses. Crete was, in fact, as Thucydides told us long ago, a sea-power which had no fear of assault by land. With the architectural or historical interest of these remains we need not concern ourselves at present, nor with the general character of the articles found in them. In all three we meet with vessels of use and ornament, painted frescoes, inscribed blocks or tablets, seals, human and animal figures, and articles of domestic or religious character. But in or near Hagia Triada there came to light a number of objects of special interest which distinguish that palace, smallest of the three, above the others.

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