Life in Minoan Crete Dating Back to 27th Century B.C.

minoan-creteA spectacular BBC documentary presenting life in Minoan Crete was created to show the various aspects of the Minoan civilization which thrived as a maritime power from around the 27th until the 15th century BC.

The Knossos palace was excavated in the beginning of the 20th century by the British archaeologist Arthur Evans.

Hominids first appeared on the island of Crete about 130,000 years ago, during the Middle Paleolithic Age. Axes found in South Crete, in Preveli Gorge, are attributed to homo erectus, whose traces were located in Africa. However, in Crete they are made from local quartz stones instead of flint.

Archaeological evidence points that settlements were built on the island between the late 8th and the early 7th millennia BC. However, the first signs of agriculture showed much later, in 5000 B.C.

Minoan culture is considered to begin when the first palace complexes were built in the Bronze Age. The video includes very good representations of  Tavrokathapsia (doing acrobatics on a bull’s back), a popular sport held in Minoan festivals. The decay of Minoan culture begins with the explosion of the volcano in Thera (called Stroggili back then) at about 1600 B.C.

Giant waves and tsunamis, unleashed by the volcano, made way across the open sea to batter the northern coast of Crete. The Minoan cities were weakened and conquered by the Mycenaean invaders. The disaster is vividly shown in the following video, which is part of the BBC documentary “Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend.”




  1. I wish they’d not insist on marketing this with a reference to “Atlantis.” That’s just a marketing ploy, I know, but it causes the film to lose credibility. Is this real or pseudoscience?

  2. I can remember a lifetime living in what seems to have been Minoan Crete several thousand years ago. This is as per reincarnation study, based on dream regressions. I think there are other people I knew in Minoan times living in the Portland, Oregon area where I live. We lived in a two story square house on a street with similar rows of houses. Each one had a garden along both sides. The street had curbs and was of flagstones. Some walls had red painted scrolls on them. My family all had dark skin, eyes, and long black hair. They looked like images in the archaeological texts. I don’t remember any of the writing, as the memory was too short, and I only caught a glimpse of events. We seemed to be living in a suburban district of a city. Do any other people have similar past life memories they could comment on? This reincarnation study would seem a useful device for retrieving data in Archaeology.


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