the Cemetery of Armeni

Armeni Map

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Just 10 km south of Rethymnon, the famous cemetery of Armeni, which dates back to the Late Minoan period (13th/12th century BC), was discovered near the homonymous village in a beautiful oak forest by Yiannis Tzedakis.

Armeni Cemetery

During the systematic excavation, which started in 1969, more than 220 tombs were discovered, and excavation have been continuing since then with the aim of finding the city it belongs to.

Armeni Burial Chamber

The cemetery consists of burial chambers, which are built into the soft natural rock, and which lie from east to west. Long and narrow corridors lead into the interior of the tombs. Among the tombs discovered up until now only one has been vaulted and built from stone. It contained pottery, weapons, beads and a periapt displaying an inscription in Linear A scriptClay larnakes (coffins) painted with double axes, hunting and bull scenes, and Horns of Consecration were also excavated. These artifacts can be found at the Archaeological Museum of Chania and the Rethymno Museum. Over 500 skeletons have been excavated, yielding useful information about the diet of the Minoan people in this area. They ate high carbohydrate diets but not much meat.

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