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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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  • You need to travel a fair way east of Heraklion to reach this well under visited archeological site. There are currently no facilities, but well signed and relatively easy to navigate pathways lead yo...  more »
  • What a great find gournia was. It was great to see unspolit archeology and it was only 2 euros each to get in. Definitely worth a visit. 
  • Middle class Minoan life is brought to life in the closely packed houses of this ruined town. Here you can walk the streets and enter the houses of craftsmen and traders. Excavations are ongoing, so i...  more »
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  • Large settlement with wonderful view.
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  • The site shows an ancient city of the Minoans. There are many signs which explain what once was. It recognizes the old image of the city very well and can imagine in the rough, how people lived here. Admission is cheap and the place is still completely unknown by many tourists.
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  • Historical archaeological site
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  • A nice place for professionals, tourists have seen it quickly! A nice place for professionals, tourists have seen it very fast!
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