Minos Kalokairinos: The Original Excavator of Knossos

Minos Kalokairinos: The Original Excavator of Knossos

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Sir Arthur Evans tends to be the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of Knossos and its initial discovery and excavation. However, the original excavator is less widely known. His name? Minos Kalokairinos (yes, Minos!), a so-called novice archeologist, businessman, lifelong student, and antiquarian. That being said, the first excavation of this ancient Cretan site took place in 1878, not 1900 (by a Cretan person no less).

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Minos Kalokairinos, The Palace of Minos: Mere Coincidence or Fate?

Not to get too poetic about it, but I do find it interesting that Minos shares the name of the legendary king Minos, which the Minoan civilization was named after (by Evans). Also, he was the first person to pin down the location of the Minoan ruler’s palace (also known as the Knossian Labyrinth)…

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Posted by on August 6, 2022 in Uncategorized


The Minoans: The Ancestors of Modern Cretans 🧬

The Minoans: The Ancestors of Modern Cretans 🧬

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Through the use of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis of dental remains, Greek and American researchers have made strides in pinpointing the connection between modern Cretans and the “Cretans” of long ago. While this was discovered in 2013, I only just came across this information recently. Two years prior to that fated day, when I was in Crete walking around Knossos, I half-jokingly asked my aunt if we can be related to the Minoans. “Όχι βέβαια” (Of course not), she replied with a chuckle. But as far as I knew, my maternal side was Cretan: my mom, my grandma, my great-grandma, my great-great grandma… you get the point. So, the idea was not too far-fetched, especially now with a scientific backing.

Photo from Minoan Theater

Mitochondria and Maternal Ancestry

Mitochondria are the energetic powerhouses of cells, which are comprised of their own genetic code (DNA). mtDNA

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Posted by on August 2, 2022 in Uncategorized


Ancient Cretan Women’s Fashion: Dressing Like a Minoan 👗

Ancient Cretan Women’s Fashion: Dressing Like a Minoan 👗

A well researched article for anyone interested in the Ancient Minoans.

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The Fashion-Savvy People of Keftiu

Between the beautiful frescoes that adorned palace walls and unique statuettes, we can get a solid idea of Minoan women’s fashion sense. As with most fabrics, they’ve long disintegrated; however, some linen (potentially imported from Egypt) was found in a tomb from the Pre-Palatial Period at the site of Mochlos. Speaking of Egypt, considerable evidence of Minoan attire stemmed from their detailed depictions. For instance, at Thebes (Egypt’s capital during the 18th Dynasty), there were numerous frescoes found of “Aegean foreigners” from Keftiu (what Egyptians called Crete).

Minoan Style Replicas: Reconstruction of the Clothes of Women from the Minoan Era in Crete by Dr. Bernice Jones

What Minoan Women (and Some Men) Wore: Clothing

Three words come to mind when it comes to Minoan women’s attire: elaborate, vibrant, and multilayered. Long skirts with girdles encircling the waist and

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Posted by on July 28, 2022 in Uncategorized


Honoring My Cretan Ancestors with a Minoan-inspired Ritual

Honoring My Cretan Ancestors with a Minoan-inspired Ritual

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For my 33rd birthday, I decided to honor my Cretan ancestors by conducting a Minoan-inspired ritual. I place emphasis on the word inspired because we don’t know the full scope of Minoan religion, but we are aware of quite a bit from frescoes, statues, and other archeological findings. Therefore, I integrated a mix of my research, Cretan traditions, and intuition. Speaking of ancestry, I’ll devote an entire post to a DNA study that connects modern day Cretans to the Minoans, especially from the maternal line, so stay on the lookout for that.


Based off residue found in various storage vessels throughout Knossos and other palaces, we more or less know what the Minoan’s ate. So, with that in mind, I filled a bowl with kalamata olives from Crete (you’d be surprised how easy it is to…

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Posted by on July 26, 2022 in Uncategorized


The Minoan Mother Goddess

The Minoan Mother Goddess

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Multifaceted Goddess or Many Deities?

According to numerous scholars, the primary deity in the Minoan religion was a multifaceted mother goddess who was solar in nature. Usually, “she” was depicted alongside animals (both mythical and native to the land), a male consort, and/or priestesses. While there is no true consensus, she is considered one deity with various aspects, including a mountain, dove, poppy, snake, and fertility goddess. This presumed multidimensional goddess would eventually become the Artemis, Athena, Ariadne, Medusa, etc. of the Ancient Greek pantheon. At the same time, there’s a good chance that their religion was polytheistic, and these were all separate gods with their own unique attributes. (I’ll probably create future posts about the “individual” goddesses at some point.)

Snake Goddess from the Palace of Knossos – Wikimedia User Photo by Chris73

The Maternal Snake Goddess (or Priestess)

What typically comes to…

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Posted by on July 21, 2022 in Uncategorized


Archaeologists find earliest evidence of bread


Lets here it for technology. If not for such advancements, we would never have come this far in our discovery of the foods Paelolithic man really ate. Imagine the discoveries that were just thrown on the  trash heap because archaeologist at the time had no idea plant material could survive this long. Think of the grinding stones that were washed, all their valuable information of the past…gone forever!

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Nicola DavisMon 16 Jul 2018 15.00 EDT

Tiny specks of bread found in fireplaces used by hunter-gatherers 14,000 years ago, predating agriculture by thousands of years

Charred crumbs found in a pair of ancient fireplaces have been identified as the earliest examples of bread, suggesting it was being prepared long before the dawn of agriculture.

The remains – tiny lumps a few millimetres in size – were discovered by archaeologists at a site in the Black Desert in…

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Posted by on July 20, 2022 in Uncategorized


Beans – A Contentious Subject

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Consumption of cooked black beans stimulates a cluster of some clostridia class bacteria, decreasing inflammatory response and improving insulin sensitivity, study suggests.
Black beans have stirred up some interest in early research studies for their high fibre content (per 100g Carbohydrates 16g, Fibre 6.9g figures differ depending on source). In a May 2017 review, researchers noted that black beans contain compounds that may promote weight loss and reduce insulin resistance.


Another study demonstrated that consumption of black beans improved glucose response, an effect mediated in part by modification of the gut microbiota, by increasing a cluster of Clostridia class bacteria with anti-inflammatory potential. The modification of the gut microbiota by black beans is thought to be associated with the presence of resistant starch. Resistant starch contains α-linked glucose molecules that are resistant to hydrolysis in the small intestine, passing directly through the colon where it is fermented…

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Posted by on July 19, 2022 in Uncategorized


A Roman Villa in the Cotswolds

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The 4th century A.D. in Britain is viewed by many as a golden age, and the Cotswolds  was the richest and most peaceful area of Roman Britain. Then, as now , wealth was concentrated in the hands of the few, especially public officials, benefiting from corrupt and wildly inefficient’ economy  of the later Roman Empire. Here in the Cotswolds , England is where the remains of the famouse  Chedworth Roman  Villa   stand.


Looking out from the main villa buildings today it is easy to imagine that the view has not changed to much in centuries. Nestling in a combe, at the head of a shallow valley enclosed on all but the eastern side, there is nothing modern or intrusive as far as the eye can see, just woodland,fields, dry-stone walls, hedges and sky. In fact the sense of remoteness and tranquillity  is greater now than it has been in the past. If you…

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Posted by on June 21, 2022 in Uncategorized


Newly found Chinese artifacts illuminate mysterious ancient kingdom 


Wed, June 15, 2022, 7:06 AM

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A bronze altar and a dragon with a pig’s nose are among a trove of items discovered in sacrificial pits that shed new light on the buried secrets of an ancientChinese civilization.

Archaeologists on Monday announced the “significant” series of finds at the Sanxingdui ruins in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, according to theteam behind the digand the state-run Xinhua news agency.

A team including academics from Peking University and Sichuan University foundthousands of items including intricate bronze, gold and jade items, and what it called the unprecedented discovery of 10 bronzes. Experts say the finds date back 3,000 to 4,500 years.

Discovered in the late 1920s, Sanxingdui is one of the key Chinese archaeological sites. Experts think its treasures once belonged to the ancient Shu kingdom, which dates back 4,800 years and lasted 2,000 years.

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Posted by on June 19, 2022 in Uncategorized


The Great Plant-Based Con – Why Eating a Plants-Only Diet Won’t Improve Your Health or Save the Planet

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Plant-based is best for health, go vegan to help save the planet, eat less meat… Almost every day we are bombarded with the seemingly incontrovertible message that we must reduce our consumption of meat and dairy – or eliminate them from our diets altogether.


But what if the pervasive message that the plant-based diet will improve our health and save the planet is misleading – or even false? What if removing animal foods from our diet is a serious threat to human health, and a red herring in the fight against climate change.

In THE GREAT PLANT-BASED CON, Jayne Buxton demonstrates that each of these ‘what-ifs’ is, in fact, a reality. Drawing on the work of numerous health experts and researchers, she uncovers how the separate efforts of a constellation of individuals, companies and organisations are leading us down a dietary road that will have severe repercussions for our health…

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Posted by on June 16, 2022 in Uncategorized

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