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A Guide to Archaeological Digs

A Guide to Archaeological Digs

I have never met an archaeologist who carried a pistol  (let alone a bull whip) while working in the field. In fact, just mentioning the name “Indiana Jones” usually elicits laughter from real archaeologists. Their profession is not an escapade or a game of chance; it’s a science that requires study and a lot of [Read More]

Archaeological Digs – Part 3: Closing the Site

Archaeological Digs – Part 3: Closing the Site

What becomes of an archaeological dig after the digging is finished? Some are destined to become tourist attractions – we have seen a few of those – but that is only a small part of the story. While visiting at the archaeological research center, we discuss this subject with Jeffrey Soles of the University of [Read More]

Archaeological Digs – Part 2: Conserving the Past

Archaeological Digs – Part 2: Conserving the Past

In the previous installment (Archaeological Digs – Part 1), we told you how the ancient site at Priniatikos Pyrgos was excavated by archaeologists. In this report we consider what happens to things found during the dig. Unearthed items are studied to learn about the people and culture that created or used them. Afterward these objects [Read More]

Archaeological Digs – Part 1: Excavation

Archaeological Digs – Part 1: Excavation

Regardless of what you might have read or seen in films, archaeology is not about adventures in search of ancient treasures. It is a methodical study of things left by past cultures and people. These “material remains” include artifacts (objects made, altered, or used by people); ecofacts (animal bones, plant remains, seeds); and features (buildings, [Read More]

Visit to a Small Town

Visit to a Small Town

On the Gulf of Mirabello, not far from Ayios Nikolaos, is a lesser known Minoan site that is really quite fascinating. Though it is relatively small, Gournia is a fine example of a Minoan town – and that is a rare thing. The more famous excavations on Crete – Knossos, Festos, Zakros and others – [Read More]

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Warrior Monks of Crete

Warrior Monks of Crete

A road trip with friends took us to the south coast of Crete and a monastery famous for much more than religious [Read More]

Creativity and the Stone House

Creativity and the Stone House

What is creativity? It is the act of turning a unique idea into something we can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. We [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 1: Tradition

Windy Island — Day 1: Tradition

Traveling with Cretan friends, we boarded a ferry at the port of Iraklion bound for Karpathos — an island at the [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 2: History

Windy Island — Day 2: History

On our second day, we looked forward to exploring towns in the southern part of Karpathos.  All of these are very old, [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 3: Here and Now

Windy Island — Day 3: Here and Now

Shortly after breakfast, we walked up the street to an old stone well to meet our bus.  Pigadia is known for its wells [Read More]

El Greco: Old Becomes New

El Greco: Old Becomes New

Driving west of Iraklion on the E75 highway, we turned southward toward Fodele (pronounced Foe-deh-lay). The road runs [Read More]

Shadow Theater

Shadow Theater

Brightly colored posters went up last week announcing the “shadow theater” was coming to our village. Long before [Read More]

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