The Sanctuary of

Anemospilia

Anemospilia sanctuary
(1 Vote)
Anemospilia sanctuary - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

At position Anemospilia, on the north slopes of Mount Jiouchtas, the archeologists G. and E. Sakellarakis located in 1979 a small sanctuary of Minoan Crete that surprised the global archaeological community. This small sanctuary offered the first indication of human sacrifices in Minoan Crete.

The two-storey building was built in the 17th century BC and was destroyed by an earthquake a few decades later. So far four sites have been revealed, but maybe there are more.

In the vestibule of the temple found many utensils, about 150 pots of various shapes, while the main room was full of the biggest temple utensils, pots and jars. The eastern room, where the bloodless rituals took place, housed many objects and a stepped altar on which they placed all utensils for worship. The bloody sacrifices took place in the west room of the temple, which was poorer in findings.

The most important discovery of the excavation was the existence of four human skeletons. According to scientific investigations, three of them (including one woman) were killed by the collapsed roof and simultaneous fire. Probably there were two priests and a priestess. The fourth dead was the most interesting finding, as he was found on a trapezoidal table with a special bronze knife in his body. According to the opinion of anthropologists and forensic experts, this man was a victim of human sacrifice and the scene was delivered to us due to the earthquake.

The site is sealed and access is forbidden for public.

hotels booking Crete

Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Heraklion
  • Type: Sanctuary
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Paved road

Also read:

Download Free Premium Joomla Templates • FREE High-quality Joomla! Designs BIGtheme.net