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22 July 2004
Minoan graves in Hania suburb

50 Late Minoan graves have been discovered in Aghios Ioannis, a suburb of Hania (Crete), bringing the total of known Minoan graves in the Hania area to over 150. The graves, part of the cemetery of ancient Kydonia, have yielded bronze weapons, swords and other weapons, together with pots and jewelry. Dated to 1400-1300 BCE, the graves are typical warrior burials according to Maria Vlazaki, head of the local archaeology authority.
     Other, family, tombs contained funerary offerings, copper vessels and ceramic pots, weapons, tools and jewelry of the usual Kydonia type from a slightly later period (mid-14th to early 13th centuries BCE). Vlazaki points to the early 14th century as the time when the Mycenaeans arrived in Crete and Kydonia developed into a major center.

Source: Ekathimerini (19 July 2004)

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