Crete Fortifications Debunk Myth of Peaceful Minoan Society

Source of News Item: 
Owen Jarus, The Independent
May 2010
<p> <span class="subheada"><span class="bodytext"><span class="bodytext"><span class="bodytext">A team of archaeologists have discovered a fortification system at the Minoan town of Gournia, a discovery which rebukes the popular myth that the Minoans were a peaceful society with no need for defensive structures. The team&#39;s efforts were led by Professor Vance Watrous and Matt Buell of the University at Buffalo. Located on the north coast, Gournia was in use during the neo-palatial period (ca. 1700-1450 BC), when Minoan civilization was at its height. The town sits atop a low ridge with four promontories on its coastline. Two of these promontories end in high vertical cliffs that give the town a defensive advantage, and it is here that the fortification system was discovered. </span></span></span></span></p>