Olive pips and vine leaves in ancient well

Olive pips and vine leaves in ancient well
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Posted by Greeka on 23 Feb 2011

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Two olive pips and the remains of a vine leaf above a crude brick were recently traced into a well in Knossos Crete that dates back to the 3rd millennium B.C. These findings may seem simple, but they are of great importance and enlighten some other aspects of that era's culture in regard with the two most important products of the region, the olive oil and wine.

The excavation plans in the northern part of the early houses of Knossos will add some essential information in relation to the development of the town in the 3rd millenium B.C. For the most part, this settlement had a remarkable social organization, including the construction of important buildings and the expansion towards north and south.

The next big goal of the archaeologists is to excavate and study the cemeteries of Proto-Minoan period in Knossos, that remain unknown so far.

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