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Gournia Minoiki Poli, Agios Nikolaos

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Gournia is the site of a Minoan palace complex on the island of Crete, Greece, excavated in the early 20th century by the American archaeologist, Harriet Boyd-Hawes. The original name for the site is unknown. The modern name comes from the abundant hollow vessels found all over the site. Gournia lies in the municipality of Ierapetra in the prefecture of Lasithi.ChronologyThe overarching term "Bronze Age" means something different depending on the culture and region of the world being studied. The Aegean Bronze Age is defined according to the place, which are mainland, Aegean islands, and Crete. These are referred to as Helladic, Cycladic, and Minoan respectively. Although Crete is an island in the Aegean, their culture is so distinctive from the ones considered to be Cycladic that it stands on its own.Archaeologists abbreviate the chronological periods using two prefixes. The first one always refers to the major Bronze Age period which are Early, Middle and Late. The second letter stands for the place: H for Helladic, M for Minoan and C for Cycladic. Lastly, some of these periods are further divided and distinguished from each other by adding Roman numerals and sometimes letters for subperiods. Thus, EM IIB refers to the last half of the second period of the Early Minoan Bronze Age. Besides using this notation, since the Bronze Age in Crete is based on the building, use, and destruction of important architectural structures known as "palaces" found throughout the island, Minoan archaeologists tend to employ and use these as criteria to name the periods as Pre-palatial, Protopalatial, Neopalatial and Post-palatial.
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  • If you find yourself on the east side of the island you should definitely make this a stop. How often do you get to walk on streets and among walls that date back 3500 years? This is a super cool piec...  more »
  • We visited the ruins by chance, because we would pass. They have enchanted us! For only € 2 we have seen how was an ancient Minoan city (more than 4000 years old). Paved streets and some are with stairs due to the slope. It is the distribution of houses, some walls over two metres high. All surrounded by an amazing landscape. Really worth a visit it!
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  • The location is magnificent. In the absence of guidance and based on the information signs is however difficult to grasp the importance of the site, partly because the remains are obviously just legible. In Crete, apart from Knossos, there are other sites more manicured.
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