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The Palace of Knossos is situated a few miles to the south of the modern day city of Heraklion. In Minoan times it was a major settlement of the Minoan civilization and probably the political and cultural centre of that civilization. It has long been associated with the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (see link below).
The ruins at Knossos were discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos, a Cretan merchant but it was not fully explored until 1900 when Arthur Evans, an englishman, bought the entire site and began excavations.
These large jars were stored in the Magazines around the palace and would have held liquid products such as olive oil. It is estimated that at any one time they stored up to 78000 litres of liquid products in these jars.

26th Nov 2009

Geography, History

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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