Fortifications on Gournia Debunk Myth of Peaceful Minoan Society
Heritage Key, 04/05/2010
A team of archaeologists, led by Professor Vance Watrous and Matt Buell of the University at Buffalo, have discovered a fortification system at the Minoan town of Gournia. The discovery rebukes the popular myth that the Minoans were a peaceful society with no need for defensive structures. That idea arose from work done in the early 20th century by Sir Arthur Evans who proposed that a “pax Minoica” existed on Crete during their time. “Certainly the Minoans were afraid of somebody,” Professor Watrous said.