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Minoan palace reveals its ancient secrets

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New findings from excavations in Zominthos on the island of Crete confirm that it was a palace of similar luxury to those of the famous sites of Knossos and Phaistos. This unique Minoan mountain palace center operated continuously for centuries at the same strategic point and was a major religious, political, productive and economic center. Zominthos is on a small plateau at an altitude of 1200 meters in the northern foothills of Mount Ida, roughly 7.5 kilometers west of the village of Anogia. It is situated on the path from Knossos to Idaion Antron, the great sanctuary cave near the peak of Ida. The palace of the older complex on the site dates to 1900-1700 BC.