The Palace of Galatas is located 30km south of Heraklion, near Arkalochori, at an elevated position with views to south Crete and close to the Minoan sacred cave of Arkalochori.
The palace of 4 acres and the surrounding city was excavated in 1992-1997 by archaeologist George Rethymiotakis. The palace was built with some Mycenaean characteristics (eg a central hearth surrounded by pillars). A large number of tools for food preparation was also found.
The palace was being built around 1700 BC, flourished in 1650 BC and in 1500 BC it started declining, till its final abandonment. Excavations have not been completed and the archaeological site is not visited.