A history of research

An initial excavation was undertaken in 1915 by the Greek archaeologist J. Hatzidakis, who identified in the ruins a Minoan palace similar to the one at Knossos.

He invited the French School at Athens to carry on the research, which was done from 1922 onwards, under the direction of J. Charbonneaux and then F. Chapouthier, who completed the uncovering of the building in 1930. Investigations and additional surveys were carried out there until 1992.

From 1930 the necropolises and the town’s residential areas (designated by letters of the Greek alphabet) were explored by the FSA’s French and foreign members.

A systematic survey of the plain around the town was carried out in 1989.


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Koumasa. D. Panagiotopoulos (ASA) reports on excavation of tholos tomb B previously excavated by S. Xanthoudidis. Excavation continued with the removal of secondary burials, placed without order, which presented various degrees of burning and fragmentation and belonged to individuals of various ages. The space W and SW of the tomb was also investigated, where a deposit of offerings had been found. Finds were many and interesting: about 110 beads of necklaces, 8 seals, among which was a Minoan scarab with linear decoration (Fig. 1), a silver ring, also with linear decoration, seals of hippopotamus ivory and local stone, a gold amulet in the form of a bull's head (Fig. 2?), fragments of stone vessels, tools and blades of obsidian. Outside tholos B a location was investigated where a qua
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