Iron Age Knossos Surprises

The Cretan City of Knossos was nearly three times larger than what was believed from earlier excavations, according to researchers from the University of Cincinnati involved in recent fieldwork at the ancient site.

The excavations shows that during the early Iron Age (1100 to 600 BC), the settlement was rich in imports and suggest that not only did this spectacular Greek Bronze Age city (between 3500 and 1100 BC) recover from the collapse of the socio-political system on the islands around 1200 BC, but also rapidly grew and thrived as a cosmopolitan hub of the Aegean and Mediterranean regions.
Antonis Kotsonas, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of classics, will highlight his field research with the Knossos Urban Landscape Project at the 117th annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and Society for Classical Studies. The meeting will take place on January 7-10 in San Francisco.