Dynasty of Priestesses
Eti Bonn-Muller, Archaeology, 1 March 2010
Evidence of a powerful female bloodline emerges from the Iron Age necropolis of Orthi Petra at Eleutherna on Crete. For a quarter century, Greek excavation director Nicholas Stampolidis and his dedicated team have been unearthing the untold stories of the people buried some 2,800 years ago in the necropolis of Orthi Petra at Eleutherna on Crete. Until now, the site has perhaps been best known for the tomb its excavators dubbed “A1K1,” an assemblage of 141 cremated individuals, all but two of whom were aristocratic men who likely fell in battle in foreign lands.