Zominthos Site Archaeological Dig Project: Location Psiloritis (Mount Ida)
35°13N 24°55E Location History Mount Ida is the highest mountain on Crete
Mount Ida is considered to be a holy mountain because of the numerous amount of myths that are linked to it
has the highest topographic prominence in Greece
Zominthos seems to have been occupied beginning the 17th century B.C. Civilization being studied the Minoan civilization; located on the island of Crete (bronze age civilization)
dated to be discovered around 130,000 years ago
the term "Minoan" has been used to refer to the life of King Minos
they were known as "Pelasgians" which were pre-Greek dwellers
they developed a distinct, independent, civilization which was most advanced in the Mediterranean Area Other Information considered to be be sacred to the Greek Titaness Rhea, and on its slopes lies the cave, Idaion Andron, in which, according to legend, Zeus was born
During the Christian times, a stone-made Church was built on top of Psiloritis, the church of the Holy Cross
Central Building is extremely well preserved and some of its walls still stand at 7.2 feet
the Crataegus Monogyna tree; standing at over 39 feet tall, is the national monument of Greece and is also located in the area Nature of the Dig what it looked like: map of the layout what is it? the Zominthos site is located on top of Mount Ida, which is located on the island of Crete, Greece. Within the site, is a cave named Ideon, which has been said in myths is the birth place of greek god Zeus. Problems Within the Dig Since it is located on a mountain top, during the winter time, it wasn't open for digs due to the severe weather conditions, making it only a seasonal project
it was a problem because not as much work could be done and the dig had to be done over a longer period of time Discoveries at the Site Central Building which dominated the main routes of getting up to Mount Ida
pottery, masses of animal bones, numerous fragments of carbonized wood, and several small artifacts were found at the site
ceramic water conduits were found, indicating that there was a central drainage system
2 workshops were found; ceramic workshops with over 250 vessels for daily use which included knives, blades, potter's wheel etc
other structures from the early 17th century were also discovered Significance made by: Irene De Souza & Rosabella Acero references used:
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to find out more about Greek mythology, as myths say Zeus was born and raised there
to find out on how the Minoans survived in that time, and their architecture as to how they contributed to the world todaySee the full transcript